There’s nothing like a good shoulder workout! Shoulders sometimes overlooked are very important to be trained properly. Big shoulders really add to the total upper body look. Here’s my top shoulder exercises you can do at home.

1. Dumbbell shoulder press

This is my favourite shoulder exercise. It’s a brilliant exercise to load on weight and will give you those desirable boulder shoulders. It should be included as the foundation of any shoulder routine.

How to perform

Sit on a upright bench or a strong chair with your dumbbells rested on your knees with your palms facing each other. Kick the dumbbells up with your knees and raise them above your head with your palms facing forward. Slowly lower the dumbbells down to your shoulders then raise them back up above your head.

2. Dumbbell side raises

Another favourite of mine is the dumbbell side raises. This really isolates a key area on the shoulders. You don’t need a lot of weight for this one!

How to perform

Stand straight with a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing in down to your sides. Raise the dumbbells up till your arms are parallel with your shoulders. Try to hold this position for a few seconds then slowly lower your arms back down to the starting position.

3. Dumbbell front raises

A great exercise for targeting another area of the shoulders. Again you won’t be needing heavy weights for this one.

How to perform

Stand straight with a dumbbell in each hand. Raise one arm straight up till it’s parallel with your shoulder then slowly lower the dumbbell down to the starting position. Repeat this same motion with each arm independently.

4. Arnold press

The Arnold press is a great exercise adding an extra range of motion on top of the already popular shoulder press.

How to perform

Start with your dumbbells high above your head in each arm then slowly lower them down till they reach your chest. As they reach your chest rotate your arms so each end of the dumbbells touch right in front of your chest.

5. Shrugs

Shrugs are a key exercise for the traps. Nice traps leading up to your neck can really affect the way you look.

How to perform

Hold a dumbbell or weight disc in each hand down below your waist. Pull the weights straight up using your traps (the shoulder muscles around your neck). In your head try to imagine your making your shoulders rise up high to touch your ears. Make sure your shoulders go up straight, avoid any rocking back and forward motions.