Who doesn’t love the idea of having nicely sculpted and strong upper back and shoulder muscles? Well, the good news is that this ideal physique isn’t all that hard to achieve. All you need to do is target the right muscles during your workouts and complete the appropriate amount of reps and sets to sculpt and tone your muscles.
Firstly, if you’re looking to build strength and tone your upper back and shoulder muscles, you’ll want to aim for 3-6 sets of 6-12 repetitions at 67 to 85-percent of your maximum load (the very most you can lift for one rep). If you combine this prescription with the following exercises, you’ll be on the road to building upper body strength. Here are my favorite 16 shoulder and back workouts to do just that…
Standing Shoulder Press
A standing shoulder press is a great exercise that can target most of the large muscles in your upper body. This includes your pectorals (chest), deltoids (shoulders), triceps (arms), and trapezius (upper back).
Grab a set of dumbbells and start pressing them up into the ceiling to feel the shoulder burn. You can either push both arms up at once or alternate arms for a similar effect.