Why are my shoulders so hard to workout?

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    Jun 28, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Out of all the muscles, I have the toughest time working out my shoulders. I just can't seem to lift weights that match what I'm lifting for my other muscles. Lateral raises are really tough for me and shoulder presses get me tried really fast.

    Are shoulders just suppose to be naturally weaker than all the other muscles in the human body or is it just me?
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    oblivion161 saidAre shoulders just suppose to be naturally weaker than all the other muscles in the human body or is it just me?
    Do you work your rotators?
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    Jun 28, 2011 12:12 PM GMT
    a lot of people have mobility issues so can't get the weight properly lined up to do lifts. do you stretch your shoulders at all or just start throwing weight around? i suggest looking up various shoulder stretches, make sure you're using good form and then you'll start putting up big weight.
  • jingold04

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    Jun 28, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    Check out New Rules Of Lifting by Lou Schuler, it's all about working large muscle groups.I've been following the workouts almost five years and, hand to God, haven't done a sholder, tricep, bicep or calve isolation exercise in those five. NONE. I believe the proof is in my pix (not that I'm competition worthy, but the straight folk and gay boys seem to notice them). I also had tendonitis in my sholders that sidelined me on & off BEFORE new rules, haven't had it since.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 28, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    I work out with a buddy, and I find having him spot helps a lot for the shoulders icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    I too have trouble with shoulders. It's the only muscle group that gets sore during my workouts, but not really after. I feel the lactic acid burn and it sucks lol.

    What I now do is start with rotator exercises with light weight to warm up. Then I do my real lifts. This has helped.

    Also since I workout alone, I never do shoulder dumbell presses. Lifting 40, 50 or more pounds from your knee to above your shoulder without a spotter is not a good idea. You can easily injure your rotator cup doing this. Although I do do Arnold presses but with light weight, so lifting it up isn't really going to injure me.

    Lastly I would b careful on chest and biceps exercises to maintain proper form, or you could b putting strain on your shoulders on those days too.
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    Yeah, I used to think that my shoulders would develop naturally from doing other compound exercises. That seems to work for other people, but not me. So I've been working my shoulders twice a week with a variety of exercises. So far so good. But I still have a lot of work to go, in terms of matching the size/proportion to the rest of my arms. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    I have seen the biggest gains from shrugs for one but in a matter of a short time frame. I take a straight bar,( I'm up to 80Lbs) wide grip bring bar up to chest for 8 reps and then immediately with same bar close grip and repeat. Bring up to chest 8 reps. Continue this in a dropset (20-30lbs drop- 2 more times) complete 3 sets. See results within two weeks!!! Remember to use proper form and work only the shoulders. Start with light weight and work up; Great Burn!!!!
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    Jun 29, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    I'll try a shoulder warm up to see if that will help me. Thanks for the advice, everyone.