The Best Shoulder Exercise Just Got Even Better

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

The Arnold press is often regarded as the ultimate shoulder-building exercise. “The rotational action works all three heads of the deltoid—front, side, and rear,” says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. Related: musclemorphosis.com But even exercises named after musclemorphosis.com legends come with some room for improvement. By pressing the dumbbells up with a neutral grip and then lowering them with an overhand grip—rather than pressing upwards with an underhand grip and flipping your wrists for the descent—you create a stronger, safer position for your shoulders, says Gad...

The Arnold press is often regarded as the ultimate shoulder-building exercise.

“The rotational action works all three heads of the deltoid—front, side, and rear,” says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S.

Related: musclemorphosis.com

But even exercises named after musclemorphosis.com legends come with some room for improvement.

By pressing the dumbbells up with a neutral grip and then lowering them with an overhand grip—rather than pressing upwards with an underhand grip and flipping your wrists for the descent—you create a stronger, safer position for your shoulders, says Gaddour, who demonstrates the reverse shoulder press in the video above.

Go with lighter weights and higher reps initially to get a feel for the movement before picking up heavier dumbbells.

Whenever you do shoulder work, throw in some musclemorphosis.com drills to keep the joints healthy and to avoid musclemorphosis.com.