January 2014 Fitness Challenge: Shoulder Day

January 2014 Fitness Challenge: Shoulder Day | The Slender Student

arnold press

single-arm barbell jammer

barbell rear delt row

dumbbell shoulder press

upright barbell row

lateral to front raise

steering wheel

I never realized how much I like/value working shoulders until I started. I found that my delts and traps began showing progress fairly quickly after I began focusing on them, which that motivated me to keep working them every week, lifting as heavy as I could.

Speaking of lifting heavy, I have something to say on the subject. DO IT.

Girls, seriously, you’re not going to get bulky from grabbing a challenging size weight and getting to work. We simply don’t have the biology to do so. You’re not doing yourself any favors by grabbing the 3 or 5 pounders off the rack and doing these exercises. That won’t burn enough calories and won’t build (lean, slender, sexy, strong) muscle, so don’t waste your time!

Yeah, you might feel like a bit of an idiot changing weights in and out while you find one that’s comfortable yet challenging, but that’s temporary and it’s worth it. Lifting a weight that’s lighter than your purse looks worse. Trust.

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2 thoughts on “January 2014 Fitness Challenge: Shoulder Day

  1. Love your push for women to lift and lift HEAVY. We have this weird notion in our head that we’re going to get JACKED. Yeah, right. I wish! We’re not built to do that, but we will get toned and strong. Nothing sexier than strength!

  2. Hello! I came across your site and want to say thank you for posting your exercise plans/life! I am going to follow this with you because girl, this one is thick and I am to the point that I need to change! Thank you for the encouragement.

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