The Shoulder Workout “Master Tip” (EVERY EXERCISE!)


What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com. Today I’m going to show you how to improve
all your shoulder workouts by improving every, single shoulder exercise you do. I’m unleashing the master tip. The one tip that can make every, single one
of your shoulder exercises more effective, and therefore improve the results that you’re
seeing from your shoulder workouts. Here’s what you have to do. We’re going to start with a demonstration. I want to start with a side lateral raise
because it’s the easiest place to see this. If you take your arm and you raise it up to
your side like this, just lift your arm out to your side as if you just did a dumbbell
raise. Now take your other hand and reach up, and
grab your trap. What do you feel? You probably should feel some tension here,
in this trap, in this position. But you shouldn’t because we naturally, just
as we did in our chest workout master tip, we let the upper trap become too active in
everything we do, and it’s pulling away the possible results you should be seeing from
the muscle you’re trying to target. So if we’re looking here, and we grab here
– that’s what you do – do me a favor from here. Now try to depress this shoulder. Try to get the trap out of it. Try not to shrug. You should see a drop like that. At least you should be capable of a drop like
that. If you are, then you’re making the mistake. So what you want to do is see if you can do
that now on every, single exercise. And you can! I don’t care if it’s pressing, I don’t
care if it’s front raises, I don’t care if it’s rear lateral raises, I don’t care
if it’s for your side delt. If you look at the problem here you can see
it up close, first and foremost. If I were to go and raise my arm up you can
see the contribution of the delt. Yes, it’s working to pull my arm up, but the
delt, the upper trap here is also working to pull my arm up. So if I don’t control that, this is the
level of activation that I get from the middle delt. But if I actively depress my arms, I try to
pull my shoulder blades down, and now I raise, you can see how much more the side delt has
to work. Yes, you might have to drop the weight and
drop the ego too in order to be able to execute this. But that’s going to lead to much better gains
in your shoulders. I did a whole video on how lighter weights
– I’ll link it right here – lighter weights with shoulders is going to increase the hypertrophy
and the gains you see in your shoulders because it’s one of those muscle groups that tends
to get dwarfed by the contributing muscles around it. It’s right here, next to the chest. The chest likes to contribute when we’re doing
shoulder pressing exercises. The triceps like to contribute when we’re
doing shoulder pressing exercises. It never really gets an opportunity unless
you force the opportunity for it to get more isolated tension, and we can do that by getting
that upper back out of it. So here are some more examples. If I do the side lateral raise, I’ll go back
to this one. You actively start by pushing down and depressing
those shoulder blades, and then reaching out. You almost want to feel as if you’re reaching
out, and under a fence. Never allow the trap to sneak back up, even
if you start to get fatigued. That just means you might have to lower the
weight a little bit. I’ve even showed you before. If you want to add some more tension here
you can stop halfway down and then reestablish, and then go back up again in one and a half
rep style to really drill home the tension on your middle delt. The next thing you could do is you could bring
the dumbbells around to the front. You can do the same thing here. If you want that front delt to work then you’d
better make sure you’re getting the other muscle groups out of it. So again, actively push your shoulders down
and then lift. It’s almost like a scooping motion. You should feel it go down first, and then
scoop up. Down, and scoop up, keeping that downward
tension as you go up. You’re not going to stop the rotation of the
scapula, which is going to allow the arm to raise up, but it’s going to stop the contribution,
and the over-activity of the upper traps, and the levator that are pulling your shoulders
up, and cheating the front delt. We can do the same thing here, as you’ve seen
me doing before. The rear delt. Here you just want to push your arms back
toward your butt. You’re sliding them down. Same thing, depressing them, but sliding them
back down because your torso is now parallel to the floor. Now, can you do this on presses? You actually can and it makes it a hell of
a lot more effective for targeting the delt. Yeah, we press, and we press with no mind
toward ‘is this actually even working our delts?’ We just know that we’re getting the weight
up, and over our heads. That’s fine if you want to just develop big
shoulders because we need to do an element of heavy lifting to just develop the overall
strength, but what you’re left with is just a big mass of a shoulder, but without the
definition, and the roundedness that you’re looking for in that delt for a little bit
more of an aesthetic look. So you have to drop the weight here and focus
on how you press. So the same thing here. I can press, as you watch me here. I can press with my arms up, and overhead,
but what I’m doing here is, I’m getting the same over activity of the upper traps as I
do that. Instead what I want to do is, I want to pull
down, and let the arms go for the ride. So when I let that happen, now the delts are
doing a lot more of the work to have to do the pressing. What you want to do here is, not just look
at keeping down and pressing, but then let the biceps lead the way. So if I keep this down and pressed, and I
bring the biceps up, toward my ears; now we know that we’re doing more of the pressing
here through the delt, and getting as full of a contraction as we can. But the key is still the same. You’ve got to get down before you go up. I don’t care what movement that is. It’s down before it goes up. Yes, it’s the same master tip as we have for
the chest, and all the exercises for the chest. But there’s a reason for that. Like I said, these muscles are all in the
same area. They’re all trying to help us push. So they’re all trying to find the same cheat. The same cheat is doing this, and we don’t
want that to happen. Guys, if you’ve found this video helpful make
sure you leave your comments and thumbs up below. Let me know what you want me to cover here
in future videos. Of course, I’ll cover more of the master tip
series. Also, if you’re looking for a way to get more
out of every, single workout you do by doing every, single exercise you do better, not
leaving really untapped potential on the exercises by making small, little mistakes; head to
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I have to make sure you get the best games ever. All right, guys. I’ll be back here again in just a couple days. See you.

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