This exercise provided courtesy of Billy Polson, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body, which was voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
Making sure your shoulders are evenly balanced from front to back is a must. Use this exercise to both strengthen and develop the back of your shoulders. The incline bench will help you stabilize your body so you can completely isolate your rear deltoids throughout the movement.
Shoulders (rear deltoids)
Lie face down on an incline bench set to less than a 45-degree angle with your knees bent and toes resting on the floor on either side of the bench. Your chest will be at the top of the bench with your head and neck clear. With a dumbbell in each hand, hold them straight down from your shoulders, with palms facing inward (see Photo 1).
- From the starting position, simultaneously raise both arms out to the side. Your elbows should stay soft (slightly bent) throughout the exercise (see Photo 2).
- Raise your arms only as high as the level of your back, and then lower to the starting position. Be careful not to arch your back as you lift (see Photo 3).
- Repeat this exercise 12 times for a full set.