Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Today's Exercise of the Day is named for the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He used this exercise to help him develope his shoulders when he was in his bodybuilding days.

Now don't think that this exercise is only for those people looking to get 'big'. This exercise is great for the shoulders because it takes place in all 3 planes of motion, the transverse, frontal and sagittal planes. It developes all parts of the shoulder for a more well-rounded shoulder workout.

This exercise combines all the shoulder raises and rotator cuff exercises into one movement to hit all parts.

Here is a great website that describes some great shoulder workouts and explains how the shoulder works.

Taken straight from Arnold's bodybuilding website, the site describes the exercise like this:

Arnold Presses

Purpose of Exercise: To develop the front and side deltoids, with secondary stress on your triceps. This exercise is very similar to Dumbbell Shoulder Presses save for a far greater range of motion. The Arnold shoulder press or sometimes just called Arnolds is an exercise named after Arnold Schwarzenegger who invented the movement.

Execution of Exercise: Take hold of a pair of dumbbells with your palms facing you, starting with the bells on either side of your collarbone, press them overhead until your arms are fully extended. As you push the bells overhead rotate them 180 degrees in a smooth and continuous motion until at the finish position your palms are facing away from you. Lower slowly under control and repeat.

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