Carry The World On Your Shoulders
This is the first of a new series of weekly posts by Kalvin C. Chinyere, M.D. (Dr. Kal). Along with being a Doctor of Medicine, he is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Instructor and personal trainer. To top it all off he was once a fat bastard, man boobs and all. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. Having been there and done that, he is now ready to unleash his years of knowledge upon us all.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post…
When it comes to upper body workouts, everyone is always focused on chest. Everyone wants big pecs. When I tell another guy that I lift weights the first question he asks is: How much do you bench? I always answer the question, but in my head I’m thinking: Who cares?
I spent most of my late teens and early twenties with “man boobs” big enough to fill a C cup. So, having a big chest is something I’m really not interested in. What I want are big shoulders.
If you lift weights to improve your physical appearance and you are a man, shoulders should be at the top of your list of muscles to build.
When you put on your shirt, tie, and slacks, no one can see how big your chest, back, arms, or legs are. However, they can see how broad your shoulders are. So, unless you decide to start wearing really tight shirts, shoulders should be high on your priority list.
Broad shoulders tell a woman that you are strong. Consciously and subconsciously, she is attracted to that. She is attracted because she believes that if she were attacked by a saber-toothed tiger, you could save her. The truth is, if my woman were attacked by a saber-toothed tiger, I would probably trip her as I run away.
Broad shoulders also tell a man you are strong. Consciously and subconsciously, he fears and respects that. He fears and respects you because he believes if he were to fight you, he would lose. The truth is, if a man were to try and fight me, I would just pull out my Taser. Then all you would hear is: “Don’t tase me bro.”
Finally, broad shoulders are important because they make you appear thinner. How thin you look depends on your shoulder to waist ratio. The higher this ratio, the thinner and fitter you appear. So, if you can’t get your waist any smaller, focus on getting your shoulders broader.
How To Get Shoulders Like Boulders
My favorite shoulder exercises are:
- Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Front and Lateral Deltoids
- Lateral Raise: Lateral Deltoids
- Bent Over Lateral Raise: Rear Deltoids
- Seated Barbell Shoulder Press: Front and Lateral Deltoids
A little note on the Barbell Shoulder Press/Military Press: Please do not “hit it from the back”. Meaning, do not attempt the variation where you allow the barbell to go behind your head. Doing this adds no benefit and can potentially damage your shoulders.
Now you are ready to carry the world on your shoulders, so go and do it.