The 5 Best CrossFit Shoulder Workouts for Men

What are the best CrossFit shoulder workouts? This guide will cover the top 5 Best CrossFit Shoulder Workouts for Men that men should incorporate into their routines to build bigger, stronger shoulders. Whether you’re interested in CrossFit as an elite athlete or are just looking to get fit and look good, these effective shoulder workouts will give you the best results when it comes to building your deltoids, trapezius, and other muscles used in arm raises, pushups, etc.

The Best Shoulder Workout #1 – Seated DB Press

If you want to build shoulders that are broad and powerful, it’s important to target all three heads of your deltoids. To do so, you need a movement that has a heavy dose of medial and anterior deltoid activation while still allowing enough posterior delt contribution to balance things out. Enter seated DB presses. Start by sitting on an incline bench set at a 45-degree angle with both hands holding dumbbells in front of your body. Press one dumbbell overhead as far as possible with minimal shrugging or weaving of your head/neck. Pause then slowly lower back down under control to ensure you don’t get any shoulder impingement or irritation from overextending your range of motion on each rep.

The Best Shoulder Workout #2 – Dumbbell Front Raise

Position your feet shoulder-width apart, and hold two dumbbells at arm’s length in front of your thighs. Raise your arms until they’re parallel to the floor and perpendicular to your torso. Pause, then slowly lower back to your starting position. Do 10 reps per set, three sets total (three sets x 10 reps = 30 total). Keep a slight bend in your elbows throughout; that way you can better control how much weight you’re using (which makes it easier to do more reps). I’ve also seen people use cables to do front raises instead of dumbbells—it’s about as effective but doesn’t have quite as much pump effect.

The Best CrossFit Shoulder Workouts for Men #3 – Bent-Over Rear Delt Raises

Use a pair of dumbbells that are no more than 10 pounds each, and rest them on your hips. Keep your back straight at all times, and lower your arms until they’re parallel to the floor. Raise them up again, keeping them as close to your body as possible. Do 8-12 reps with perfect form before moving on to exercise #4.

The Best CrossFit Shoulder Workouts for Men #4 – T-Bar Row to Overhead Press

This is an awesome shoulder workout that is considered to be a very difficult one. You will need at least 250 pounds of weight plates to use for it. If you do not have that much weight, don’t worry; you can easily improvise using plates from other exercises. All you need is 100 pounds of weights and then improvise with smaller weights on each side until your reach 250 pounds total on both sides of your barbell and you are good to go. To start, grab a T-Bar Row Barbell and lift it off from its racks by holding it with straight arms in front of your body as if you were doing a bench press. Then walk back until it touches a rack behind your head and lets go of it.

The Best Shoulder Workout #5 – Standing Barbell Press

This is a great CrossFit shoulder workout because it hits your shoulders from all angles and works your core in tandem with overhead presses. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out about 15 degrees. Hold a barbell over your head using an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart. Tighten your abdominals and keep them contracted during all phases of exercise, as shown in the photo above. Contracting them increases intra-abdominal pressure and stabilizes your spine. Brace yourself for resistance by squeezing the barbell tightly against your shoulders until you’re ready to lift it up off of its rack on top of your shoulders in one quick motion.

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