At the end of the day, when it comes to building muscle you can follow advice from many people. There are tons of workouts on the web and all of them recommend slightly different things.
Ultimately though, the smartest advice is to listen to the people who train for a living and who are real professionals. No one is built quite like a professional bodybuilder so if you want the best results, those are the routines to emulate.
Jeff trains just like many other pro bodybuilders and his shoulder workouts contain many principles that hold true for all the pros.
Let’s take a look at his shoulder workout in full and what we can learn from it.
Jeff starts with a nice and straightforward shoulder press using a barbell. This is a great compound movement that will involve all three of the deltoid heads and that will create real power in the upper the arms.
Starting the shoulder workout with a big compound move is a great way to ensure that every deltoid head is working, to get the hormones flowing and to challenge yourself most when you have the most strength and energy to spare.
Jeff next moves straight onto the dumbbell shoulder press and moves down the rack as he does. Dumbbell presses are excellent for developing symmetry as there’s no way that the left arm can be helped by the right arm for instance.
Drop sets really keep the pressure on the muscle, they allow for amazing volume and they ultimately result in fantastic hypertrophy.
Jeff supersets his side raises and forward raises. This way he barely even has to put down the weight and this allows him to maintain intensity. Of course the side raises hit the side delts while the forward raises hit the front delts.
Reverse flyes train the rear delts. No pro bodybuilder would make the mistake of leaving out the rear delts but this is a mistake that is made all too often by others in the gym.
When you watch Jeff train, something you’ll likely notice right away is that he follows every exercise with a bit of posing. Jeff is in awesome shape, so likely he does this at least partly for his ego…
But at the same time, this is also something that you’ll notice every professional bodybuilder does (more or less). That’s because posing helps to strengthen the mind-muscle connection and reminds you what it should feel like when you’re training each muscle.
Tensing generally can help you to recruit more muscle fiber while you train and you’ll also find it helps with your posing routine as well as you’ll be practicing the moves you’re going to use on stage.
This is a technique that anyone can use but if you’re hoping to compete yourself then you should consider it non-optional!