Dumbbell Workout to Increase Strength in Your Shoulders

Posted On Aug 18, 2022 By Amy Kiser Schemper

smiling woman with a dumbbell

During almost any upper-body exercise, chances are your shoulders are getting used. Whether your goal is strength, size, or just better mobility, training our shoulders is pretty important. Shoulders are essential to stabilizing our other joints, as well as for optimal posture.

As a trainer, what I love about training shoulders is there are so many ways to do so! Our shoulder joint is what's called a "ball and socket joint" meaning it moves in almost all directions. Because of this, we can get really creative in how we work to improve strength, mobility, and muscle endurance.

Check out the workout below for some non-traditional spins on some traditional shoulder exercises!

Dumbbell Shoulder Workout:

Do each of these five exercises for 8-12 reps

  • Tall kneeling shoulder press
  • Iso-hold front raise
  • Front raise & rotate
  • Lateral raise & rotate
  • Press, windmill & rotate