The key to building a strong, defined and athletic upper body is to sculpt big and broad shoulders to create that desirable v-shaped torso that makes your shoulders, chest and arms appear strong and broad and your waist look lean and narrow. Starting adding serious size your delts today by including these big-impact shoulder-strengthening moves into your workout plan
The best cable machine shoulder moves
Why? This is the single-best lift for training your upper back and rear shoulders with control and perfect form, and it’s also fantastic for building up shoulder joint strength and health by working your stabilising rotator cuff muscles.
Cable lat raise
Why? The constant tension in the cable during the lifting and lowering phase of each rep keeps the muscles on the sides of your shoulders working for the entire set to help sculpt a wider, stronger and more athletic upper body, whereas using a too-heavy dumbbell means you can’t control the lowering phase and miss out on half the gains.
Cable front raise
Why? As with the cable lat raise, the contest tension during each stage of every rep works the front of your shoulders harder and smarter to get bigger and better muscle-growth results.
Cable external rotation
Why? It helps strengthen the delicate but hugely influential internal muscles of the shoulder joint, and the stronger these stabilisers are, the better you’ll be able to perform every single upper-body exercise. You only need a very light weight, and to move slowly under full control, to work the muscles properly.
Cable internal rotation
Why? It works your small shoulder rotator cuff muscles in the opposite direction to the external rotation, so doing both moves will work these crucial shoulder joint muscles fully to build stronger, more flexible and more robust joints so you can lift heavier and with better form during all pushing, pulling and rotational exercises.