The Best Shoulder Exercises To Tone Your Delts and Upper Body Quickly

The best shoulder exercises to do to tone your upper body and tone your delts! The deltoid muscles should not be neglected!! So try these deltoid exercises for your shoulder day workout.


Discover the best shoulder exercises for toned, sexy shoulders! 

Why You Need To Do Shoulder Exercises


Whether you run, hike, play sports, or lift weights in the gym, your lower body muscles naturally receive more attention and are more frequently worked out compared to your upper body. Therefore, your upper body muscles need some special attention! This muscle group includes your biceps, triceps, back, chest, and shoulders. That being said, the shoulder muscles are often neglected in upper body workout routines over arm workouts, chest workouts, and back workouts.

If you don’t want to dedicate an entire workout to shoulder day, you should absolutely incorporate shoulder exercises, especially the BEST shoulder exercises, into your workout routine. Here’s why. 





The Benefits of Training Your Shoulder Muscles:


1. Aesthetically, sculpted and toned shoulders look fantastic. 

2. Shoulder exercises and toned deltoid muscles promote better posture.

3. Working out your shoulder muscles will support your shoulder joints (and keep your rotator cuff safe!). 

4. Healthy, strong shoulders will help you do most upper body exercises. Additionally, strong shoulders will help you increase weight when performing those exercises and perform more reps!).

Related: Sculpt and Tone Your Delts with this Shoulder Workout






The Best Shoulder Exercises


These are the 5 best shoulder exercises to tone your delts and shoulder muscles. These deltoid exercises will give you the sculpted shoulders you've been wanting!1. Front Raise: Stand with your feel shoulder width apart. Your arms will be relaxed by your side, holding light to medium dumbbells in each hand (overhand grip). Starting with your right arm, slowly lift the dumbbell in front of you until your arm is straight out in front of you. Lower the weight steadily back to it’s starting position and repeat with your left arm. 

2. Lateral Raise: You will be standing with your feet shoulder width apart, with your arms at your side holding light to medium dumbbells in each hand. Slowly and steadily raise your arms outward (to make a T with your body). Raise them until they are parallel with your shoulders, or slightly past parallel. Bring them slowly back down to your sides in a controlled way. And don’t lock your elbows!

3. Overhead Press: You can be standing or sitting for this exercise. If you choose to stand, I recommend standing in one of two ways. Either stand in a split stance, with one foot in front of the other, or with your feet shoulder width apart. You can also do the overhead press with either a barbell or with dumbbells. You will start with the weight at your upper chest. Your palms will be facing forward; and your elbows will be directly under the weight (and keep them slightly inward towards your body). Push the weight upward and keep it in line with your body – just don’t hit your face! Push it all the way up – but don’t lock your elbows at the top. 

4. Rear Delt Fly: The rear delt raise / fly can either sit or stand for this exercise. Either way, bend your torso and chest forward, while keeping your back straight and your abs engaged. Your arms will be hanging down in front of you, holding dumbbells in each hand. Your palms will be facing each other and your elbows will be slightly bent. Raise the dumbbells outward until your arms are parallel to the floor and your shoulders. Make sure to control the movement as you lower the weight to avoid accidents or injury!

5. Crawlout / Inchworm: You will begin in the plank position (on your hands). Slowly walk your hands towards your feet. Once you’ve made it up to your feet, push with your hands to propel yourself so that you can either clap or so that you can tap your shin bones with each hand. Then, start walking your hands back out to the standard plank where you started. You can bend your knees slightly if you are not very flexible like I am!




The five exercises listed above are, hands down, my favorite and the BEST shoulder exercises that you can do. These five shoulder moves target and strengthen each of the muscles within the shoulder. There are plenty of other exercises you can do that will make your shoulders and upper body stronger. 

Related: Halter Top Ready Shoulder Workout

Sculpt and Tone Your Delts with this Shoulder Workout


Check out this shoulder routine for the best deltoid exercises! Learn how to work out your shoulders and what some of the best shoulder exercises. This can be a shoulder workout for women AND a shoulder workout for men! Exercise shoulder muscles!

Sculpted Shoulder Workout


If you want a sculpted and toned upper body, you can’t neglect your shoulders! Shoulder exercises almost always utilize every other upper body muscle group (back, biceps, triceps, etc.). So doing shoulder exercises is in your best interest! The delts are often neglected in a typical workout routine (most people like to focus on lower body, abs, or their biceps), so it is not uncommon to be sore after working on your delts! 

This shoulder workout is designed to challenge you. Make sure to use a challenging weight, even when you are doing a high number of reps! But it is so, so important not to sacrifice FORM for WEIGHT. If you find yourself swinging your body around (a.k.a. trying to get other muscle groups to help you lift the weight), LOWER THE WEIGHT!



This workout can be done at the gym or at home. It doesn’t require fancy equipment but it does require weights. Utilize the infographic as a guide for each movement found in the workout. Remember, go at your own pace. Rome wasn’t built in a day! 


These delt exercises will give you the best shoulder workout! Shoulder exercises train all of your deltoid muscles. This workout should be done with weights for maximum benefit! Get those shoulders in shape!


Shoulder Workout 

5-10 Minutes Warm-Up Cardio (Stationary bike, treadmill, step master, walking, jogging, etc.)

3×10 Front Raise 

3 x10 Lateral Raise

3×10 Overhead Press with Dumbbells

3 ×10 Upright Rows

3×10 Arnold Press

3 ×10 Crawlouts








Try this delt workout and feel the burn!

*Note: The images in the infographic are from Workout Labs. CWPS doesn’t design, create, or own these images.


If you enjoyed this shoulder workout, you may also enjoy: 5 Exercises to Lose Arm Fat You Need To Do Now and Say Goodbye to Back Fat with This Back Workout!

Halter Top Ready Shoulder Workout


Get your shoulders and arms ready for halter tops and sleeveless tops. This is the best shoulder workout you can do to tone your arms and tone your shoulders.

Halter Top Shoulder Workout


When I first started lifting weights, shoulder day was my least favorite day. However, over the past few months, I have learned some very challenging, but FUN, delt (deltoid) exercises. Added bonus, my arms and shoulders look GREAT in sleeveless tops and dresses! So, to honor that great feeling: this workout is titled the “Halter Top Shoulder Workout!” This shoulder routine includes some of the best deltoid exercises.


Now, shoulder day is one of my favorites. I feel so empowered and strong after my shoulder workouts. Try this get ready for a halter top shoulder workout on your next shoulder day! Also, this workout can be done AT HOME or AT THE GYM! Dumbbells or weights are the only equipment that is required!




Use the infographic below to help guide you while doing these exercises!


hatler top shoulder workout


 Halter Top Shoulder Workout

5-10 minutes Warm-Up Cardio (Stationary bike, treadmill, step master)

1. 10 Front Raises

2. 10 Lateral Raises

3. 10 Suicide Planks (5 right arm leads, 5 left arm leads)

4. 10  Overhead Press 

5. 10 Rear Delt Flys

Repeat 4-5 times

Optional Burnout: Light weight with dumbbells – 1×25 front raises, 1×25 later raises, 1×25 overhead press. NO BREAKS IN BETWEEN!







If you enjoyed this Halter Top Shoulder Workout, you may also enjoy some of 8 of the Best Cardio Workouts to Lose Weight Fast or 5 Exercises for Toned, Sexy Arms You Need To Do Now!


halter top shoulder workout

halter top shoulder workout

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