According to fitness expert Brian Kleiner, deltoid workouts respond best to heavy lifting and any isolation work. Deltoids can be separated into lateral deltoid muscles, posterior deltoid muscles, and anterior deltoid muscles. All delts have a role in overhead motions and side-to-side motions with rotation at the shoulder joint. Deltoid exercises might include exercises such as lateral raise variations paired with seated cable rows involving all three parts of the deltoid muscle groups.

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The anterior “front” deltic group is those closest to your body from an anatomical position. Or those that attach at your clavicle or collarbone, the lateral deltoid group being the delts that make your shoulder wide. And the middle deltoid group being those deltoids that help you look wide and add depth to the muscles.

Can Pull Ups Work On Deltoids In Deltoid Workouts?

 Another essential element of deltoids is pull-ups, which include shoulder-width grip pullups in your deltoid exercises routine. 

Pullups work the deltoids from a side-view perspective and the deltoids on the bottom of your shoulder level.

You can also strengthen deltoids by including behind-the-neck pulldowns into your deltoid exercises

According to fitness expert Martina Trezise, this exercise should be performed with a narrow overhand grip. Using a V-bar or close neutral grip handle and pulling down behind the neck across the upper body.

 Your deltoids are a significant muscle group to train in your deltoid exercise routine. This is because they not only add broad, shapely muscles but also assist with posture. 

As you begin to age and build delts that will give added width and depth, your shoulder development will help you gain the ability to look bigger with a range of deltoid exercises

8 Best Deltoid Exercises And Shoulder Workouts

Bent-over delt machine laterals: 

Dumbbell Bent-over laterals are variations of the bent-over lateral shoulder exercises using dumbbells. It is an effective way to work the posterior deltoid, teres minor, and infraspinatus muscles. They are often performed with one knee on a bench or step, which places more stress on the upper arm/shoulder and less on the back leg.

If the non-working arm is rested on a bench or step, it reduces the weight used. Some trainers recommend resting only the working arm while performing dumbbell bent-over laterals to compensate for this. 

However, this recommendation has not been scientifically tested. Also, it is unclear whether there is any difference in the effects on the muscles or the amount of weight used.

Dumbbells are often chosen over machines for bent-over laterals because they allow the user to stand upright during the exercise.(slightly bend forward at the waist decreases involvement in the posterior deltoid), They isolate each arm individually. 

Dumbbell pullover: 

The dumbbell pullover is better known as ‘pullovers.’ It is similar to a dumbbell fly in execution. The main difference between the two exercises is that you are lying supine (lying face up) on a bench and performing the movement from that position during a dumbbell pullover.

During dumbbell fly, you are standing erect and leaning slightly forward over a flat or declined bench while performing the exercise. 

Both of these exercises target your pectoral (chest) muscles as their primary mover; however, pullovers involve the added benefit of involving both your triceps (muscles on the back of your upper arm) and anterior deltoids (shoulder muscles).

The dumbbell pullover is an exercise that focuses on the pectoral muscles but also works many other secondary muscles. This movement can be done with a wide grip or a close grip. This exercise is a ‘teacup press’ or ‘pec dec’ with a tight grip.

When performing the teacup press, you may either lower the weights towards each other (as if pouring tea from one cup to another) or push them away in an arc. [ high push up position ]

It is said that the dumbbell pullover is a favorite exercise of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He used it to build his impressive wide and thick trapezius muscles. It can also be performed using one arm, holding a dumbbell with both hands, or sitting on an incline bench.

You can do them with a flat, incline, or decline bench, and you can do them keeping your feet on the floor or put them up in the air to increase the stretch on your pectorals (in case they are too short). 

Unilateral deltoid raises:

This deltoid exercise will be much easier with a dumbbell than using a cable machine, so if you don’t have one already, I recommend getting one.  

Unilateral exercises include a grip position where one hand holds a fixed object], such as the unilateral deltoid raise, which is a strength training exercise that involves lifting a weight by contracting one arm at a time.

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 The unilateral version provides the more significant stimulus and emphasis on the middle delt head, whereas the bilateral version focuses on all heads. The weight should be lifted as fast as possible but under control. Lifting too quickly will cause the momentum to carry the weight rather than your deltoid muscle.

Bilateral deltoid raises:

To see bilateral deltoid raises, one needs to know the anatomy of this shoulder muscle. The deltoids, or as they are more famously known, “delts,” is a large, triangular-shaped muscle that covers much of the shoulder joint.

If you can imagine the silhouette of an inverted triangle with the pointy end facing down and running from your neck to your shoulder, you have an idea of what this muscle looks like.

You could also imagine a capital letter D with its two legs projecting outward at roughly 90 degrees from a line drawn between them and its top horizontal bar slightly curved.

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When it’s inaction, these fibers contract together to form a rounded bulge on each side of the shoulder muscles underneath the skin, its fibers are oriented in a way that when it contracts, it brings the arm across the front of the body.

This muscle has three regions: anterior deltoid, lateral deltoid, which is in its middle region, and posterior deltoid, which is in its lower region. Both the anterior and lateral areas are involved in bilateral deltoid raises.

However, the posterior deltoid region doesn’t take part in this action. It stabilizes the shoulder blades up against gravity while resisting heavyweights during weight training exercises like squats or lunges. 

Rear delts flyes: Feet Shoulder Width Apart

It’s easy to forget about rear delts since they’re small and not super visible muscles, but they play a crucial role in stabilizing your rear delts. So this deltoid exercise should be very doable for the average lifter. 

Stand in front of a bench or chair so that your working arm can hang off it slightly behind you. It would be best if you kept your feet shoulder-width apart with knees slightly bent for balance. 

Lean forward slightly at the waist and lift your working arm in front of you to shoulder height. Keep your elbows slightly bent, adding a little resistance with your free hand.

Bring your arm back behind you as far as possible while keeping your upper body arm still and focusing on using only the muscles in your back. 

Your elbow should point to the ceiling when it passes by the side of your body. Pause before repeating; complete all reps on one side before switching arms.

Barbell delt raises:

 Barbell Delt Raises are an often-underutilized movement that hit the triceps hard, and they can also help you in your quest to have some impressive “beach guns.”

This deltoid exercise is perfect if you’re looking for isolation and strength. You can’t beat this move if you want to add size or get some bigger delts!

 For this exercise, you will require a barbell and weight plates. You will do these on a slightly inclined bench, so make sure all your equipment is set up before starting. 

To begin the barbell skull crusher, grab hold of a barbell with an overhand grip and lift it off the rack or floor with your arms straight.

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Step 1:  Take a big breath and lower the bar until it touches just above you would typically go for a close grip bench press. 

At this point, it back up explosively without locking out the elbows and moving to the starting position.

Step 2:  Repeat for the desired number of reps and then repeat with the barbell at a standard bench press position on your chest.

You should do three sets in total, and you will notice that as your triceps get used to this exercise, they will grow bigger and stronger.

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Side delt raises with cable system:

This deltoid exercise works best when performed unilaterally (on one side at a time) so focus on the delt closest to the pulley when you perform them. Front delt raises on cable system:

 This deltoid exercise is another good for front delts, but you’ll want to use a weight that limits you to 10-12 reps here. 

That’s assuming your delts are up to snuff already, though—if not, stick with lighter weights until they catch up! Bent over lateral delt raises:

 This deltoid exercise works best in a superset or paired with light weights as part of a superset (like I recommend above). It’s important not to go too heavy here since this can strain your rotator cuff muscles.

Bent over delt twist:

This deltoid exercise is another one that works best early in a workout when you’re fresh and full of energy (like I recommend above). The bent-over delt twist is perfect for side delts!

Bent over delt twists is a relatively simple exercise. You need to grab a pair of dumbbells and stand upright with your feet shoulder level width apart. 

You slowly bend forward while keeping a relatively straight back until your torso is parallel to the floor or just a little below.

 Bend the knees as needed. Once bent, you raise the dumbbells in a twisting fashion (overhead) until they are next to your ears and at 90 degrees. 

At this point, you would slightly lean back with the weights by bending at the waist and then lean forward again, continuing the movement of raising and lowering the weight vertically next to your head, all while keeping your torso parallel to the floor.

 It is essential to keep in mind that your traps will also be working when performing this exercise. Therefore, they require a lot of energy to maintain the movement pattern when the weights are at their highest position next to your ears.

 This makes bent-over delt twists an excellent choice for those looking to put on some serious muscle mass since they can do it with heavyweights.

 A common mistake people make when doing this exercise is bending their elbows too much, which makes the traps work less and reduces the effectiveness of this movement.

How Do You Hit All 3 Deltoid Workouts?

Hitting all 3 deltoids by deltoid exercises is a difficult task, typically requiring delt isolation to optimize energy distribution. The delts serve three purposes—side delts, medial deltoid, and front deltoids.

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Side delts

They are at the outer shoulder joints and lend themselves well to overhead exercises or anything that requires arm movement away from the body – for example, dumbbell lateral raises.

Middle Delt muscles –

Those between your neck and shoulder blades – serve as a connecter muscle joining your upper body with your lower body, helping you out in rotational sports, tennis, or golf. 

The Deltoid-

the front of your shoulder muscles group is most often known as “the deltoid,” which they are named. Its principal function is assisting in the deltoid raise movement.

Building deltoids is not easy if you don’t know what you’re doing, especially as an ectomorph.

My advice would be to aim at higher reps (i.e., 20+), do more deltoid isolation work, and use cable-based exercises for delts rather than free weights whenever possible (this will emphasize the delt in the middle of your workout when it’s still fresh).

How Do You Build Your Deltoids In Deltoid Workouts From Starting Position?

As deltoid specialists, deltoid exercises are most effective when changing the exercise for different delts or other time points. 

According to fitness expert Brian Kleiner, delts respond best to heavy lifting and any type of isolation work.

 Deltoids can be separated into three components: lateral, posterior, and anterior deltic muscles. All delts have a role in overhead motions and side-to-side motions with rotation at the shoulder blades.

The best deltoid exercises might include exercises such as lateral raise variations paired with seated cable rows involving all three parts of the deltoid muscle groups.

The anterior “front” deltic group being those closest to your body from an anatomical position or those that attach at your clavicle or collarbone.

The deltoids’ primary function is to lift and hold up the arm to keep it stable when it is not in motion; for example, when a gymnast “pikes” with arms straight extended, deltoids are the first muscle group to contract to hold the body’s weight away from the floor.

Shoulder workouts for posterior deltoids

A shoulder press with weights is commonly advised to strengthen deltoids, but the best deltoid exercises programs for gaining size and strength also include various delt exercises like the dumbbell bench press or seated delt row. 

In Deltoid exercises, the upper body muscles are targeted during shoulder press, and lateral delt raises.

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The delts must be well developed; this requires a delt-specific workout routine that targets other parts of the deltoids. As you can see in any delt workout picture, deltoids are a well-developed set of muscles, and that is why they look proportional to the rest of your physique.

So deltoid exercises can only be effective when delts are already pretty strong. When delts aren’t developed, it’s pointless to concentrate on delt exercises because you will just make them smaller.

 Deltoid exercises don’t require very high intensity; deltoids are a pretty strong muscle group that can handle many sets and reps. 

You should pair up with exercises like the dumbbell shoulder press or lateral delt raise. 

Concentrate on moving the weight through the full range of motion for sound development.