Superman Shoulders In 10 Minutes

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Her glance darts to the right. She looks away and does a quick double take. She thinks, "Wow, that guy has really broad shoulders... and he's in a suit! Imagine if he was in a tee shirt or…”

I'll let you finish the thought! Was she glancing at you when those thoughts popped into her head? If not, why not? There isn't a person alive who isn't impressed with wide, strong looking shoulders.

Well-sculpted shoulders not only create an image of strength and power, but they also have the added advantage of creating the magical illusion of making the waist appear smaller. I knew that would get your attention! I'm not talking about hours and hours of gut busting workouts here, nor am I suggesting adding six inches to your shoulder width!

You can get a tighter, wider and more symmetrical look by simply working the shoulders twice a week for about 10 minutes. Yep, that's it!

The shoulder consists of a system of three interconnecting bones, ligaments and muscles. Ligaments hold every other joint in the body, but the shoulder is held together by a capsule and by the small rotator cuff muscles. It is the most mobile joint in the body and therefore has the greatest range of motion. The deltoid muscles of the shoulder are comprised of the anterior (front), medial (side) and posterior (rear).

In this week’s "Fit To Be Tried," we will be focusing on the medial, or side area of the shoulder. Increasing muscle in this area will make you just a bit wider. Our exercise of the week is the dumbbell two arm lateral raise. It is an extremely effective exercise and does not require a great deal of weight.

Work to a point where you can perform three sets of 10-12 repetitions and put all of your mental focus on the shoulder, and soon you'll be noticing a set of Superman-like shoulders. But hey, don't come to me when your jacket needs to be taken out at the shoulders. You'll have to discuss that with your tailor! Ok, let's pump up those shoulders!

Dumbbell Two Arm Lateral Raise

Starting Position: Stand with feet shoulder width apart with a slight bend in your knees. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms down at your sides and palms facing your legs.


Contracting the middle shoulder muscles, raise both arms out to the sides, stopping when your arms are slightly higher than shoulder level.

Slowly return to the starting position, stopping just short of the weights touching your body. Key Points:

Exhale while lifting the weights.

Inhale while returning to the starting position.

You may also perform this exercise from a seated position. A competitive bodybuilder and former 2001 Mr. Connecticut, Raphael is a veteran of the health and fitness industry who specializes in a holistic approach to body transformation, nutrition programs and personal training.

He earned his B.A. in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified as a personal trainer with ACE and APEX. In addition, he successfully completed the RTS1 program based on biomechanics.

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