Best Back and Shoulder Exercises
Many people, especially women, tend to neglect the muscles of their back and shoulders, but definition in these muscles can have a really fantastic impact on how your overall physique looks. Strengthening these muscles can also improve chronic pain (consult your doctor first!) and improve your posture, making you look even better.
Some of the best back and shoulder exercises are:
Pull-ups with Wide Grip
Pull-ups are hard. That’s because they work. Most gyms these days have an assisted pull-up machine that will help you build up gradually. Use a wide grip to target your lat muscles. If you can’t do a pull-up yet and your gym doesn’t have this machine, a lat pull-down machine with a wide grip will help you train these muscles until you are able to do a pull-up. Make sure your hands are facing away from you when performing this exercise.
Bent-over Reverse Fly
This exercise targets the deltoid muscles in the shoulders and will require two dumbbells (the weight load will depend on your fitness level and whether you want to grow muscle or improve muscle tone). Begin standing with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, and bent forward at the hip with a flat back, one dumbbell in each hand. Engage your shoulder muscles to raise the dumbbells straight out to the sides, keeping your elbows bent slightly and squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the move. Slowly return to start, and repeat.