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The 15-minute workout to build wider shoulders

Your go-to shoulders routine when running low on time.

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Duration 15
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Trying to get broader shoulders? Then try this quick and efficient way to bulk up your upper body.

This workout is designed around "giant sets," which are designed to hit your shoulder muscles from different angles and achieve hypertrophy—that translates to huge muscle size gains, and fast.

This workout isn't for slackers, though—you'll do four exercises without rest periods in-between to maximize results.


The workout is a four-exercise giant set, which combines different loading patterns and movement speeds. If you’re not comfortable with the clean high pull, you can replace it with a barbell upright row to the chest instead. As you start to fatigue in the later rounds, during the overhead press, make sure to avoid leaning backward and overarching your back. Try placing one foot in front of the other, which will help you stay upright, and cue yourself to tighten your abs and keep your ribs tight.

See how many rounds you can bang out in the 15-minute session.

For more shoulders workouts:

Check out the 30 best shoulders exercises of all time, how you can build big shoulders without weights, and the best dumbbell-only shoulders workout.

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Today's Workout The 15-minute AMRAP workout to build wider shoulders

Exercise 1.

Upright Row You'll need: Barbell, Dumbbells, Kettlebells How to
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1 sets
5 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Barbell Overhead Press You'll need: Barbell How to
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1 sets
6-8 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

High Pull You'll need: Barbell How to
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1 sets
10-12 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Dumbbell Lateral Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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1 sets
12-15 reps
60 sec. rest