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Shred Your Shoulders: Incline Barbell Front Raise!

Starting and ending positions fro the incline barbell front raise.

2010 is the year of the shoulder for me. Up until this past year, it’s a muscle group that I’ve largely ignored in my exercise program. That changed during my January trip to Australia, wherein I worked with a trainer that pointed out the obvious – that my shoulders were less developed than the rest of my body.

Stronger shoulders aren’t just sexy; they help with better posture and often result in decreased back pain. They also help in other exercises, like the bench press.

One of my new favorite shoulder exercises is called the incline barbell front raise. It sounds fancy, but it isn’t. Best of all, this simple exercise is super effective and – because it is done seated – it’s hard to cheat. Here’s how you do it:

  1. At your gym, set an incline bench to about 60 degrees.
  2. Grab a barbell and sit on the bench comfortably.
  3. Grip the barbell with an overhand grip. You hands should be just beyond thigh-width apart.
  4. Hold the barbell straight out in front of you, just off of your thighs. Keep your arms straight.
  5. Lift the bar up – with straight arms – well above head-level. Don’t stop at shoulder-level!
  6. Hold here for a second or two.
  7. Slowly lower the bar until it is a few inches above your thighs.
  8. Repeat.

See the attached picture for the starting and ending positions.

Give it a try the next time you tackle shoulders – it’s a powerful exercise, and I hope you love it as much as I do!