Jump to the routine

Classic Physique Competitor Dani Younan’s Go-to Shoulder Exercises

Whip up dominating delts with 2018 Fit World Pro Classic Physique champ Dani Younan’s eight-ingredient workout.

Jump to the Routine
  • 8

  • Yes

Classic Physique Competitor Dani Younan's Go-to Shoulder Exercises
Chris Nicoll

If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box delt routine, don’t ask Dani Younan. The 5’8″, 195-pound Californian’s impressive delt development stems from his “basic is best” mantra. He’s amassed two IFBB Pro League classic physique wins and a sixth-place showing at
the Arnold Classic and Olympia. Here, he shares his once-a-week routine. It’s nothing special, but, after totaling 32 working sets, it does the damn job.

SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED


Younan will sub in other similar moves for the ones listed below as he sees fit. The main key is to do at least two exercises for each head of the deltoid in each workout to maximize the blood flow to the muscle. “I believe this is how you get full, rounded shoulder development,” he says.

BACK BURNER

While many people start their workout with a press, Younan gravitates to a rear-delt move. “For some reason, it helps me get a better overall pump, pushing blood into the posterior delt right at the beginning,” he says. He’ll do one warmup set and then four sets of 12 to 15 reps before failure (on rear delts and all other exercises), “no matter how heavy I go,” he says.

SPICING UP 
THE RESULTS


Although he likes a straightforward, no-frills approach to his workouts, Younan does employ a few intensity techniques to push his delts to failure. “If I’m with a training partner, we always add forced reps to the end of a few sets, but if I’m alone I’ll mainly pair exercises into supersets and do them until failure. I like doing that at least every other workout or whenever my energy levels are low, since it shortens the length of the workout.”

2 Great Shoulder Exercises for Stronger Delts

2 Great Shoulder Exercises for Stronger Delts

Keep your shoulders healthy and injury-free with the right mind-set and exercises.

Read article

Routine

Want a copy on the go?
Print
Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Equipment
Bench, Dumbbells
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
Delt Heads Targeted: Anterior, Middle
Exercise 4 of 8

Cable Crossover

Equipment
Adjustable Cable Machine, D-Handle Attachment
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
*Reverse. Delt Heads Targeted: Posterior
Exercise 5 of 8

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
Delt Heads Targeted: Middle
Exercise 6 of 8

Machine Lateral Raise

Equipment
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
Delt Heads Targeted: Middle
Exercise 7 of 8

Barbell Upright Row

Equipment
Barbell
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
Delt Heads Targeted: Anterior, Middle
Exercise 8 of 8

Dumbbell Front Raise

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
4
Reps
12 to 15
Rest
--
Delt Heads Targeted: Anterior
See all of our tutorials