What specific exercise will increase my shoulder strength?

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Excellent question but the answer depends on what you are specifically looking for in a strengthening exercise.  Are you strengthening the rotator cuff, deltoids, pectoralis, triceps, biceps or trapezius?  Each muscle group will require a different type of exercise and a different number of sets and reps. For example I like strengthening the rotator cuff using a low weight (1-5lbs) with reps ranging from 10-20 depending on previous experience.  The rotator cuff is a small thin muscle group with little space to function therefore enlarging the muscle by lower reps and higher weights maybe counter productive.  One final note, do not forget the scapular stabilizers (shoulder blade muscles) while performing these exercises because it is the base of strength.

There are numerous exercises that can improve shoulder strength. Traditionally, exercises such as overhead presses, front raises, side raises and high rows can help in improving shoulder strength. But it is more than just the exercise that will improve shoulder strength. If you're not overloading the shoulder muscles, there is no reason for them to get stronger. So you must gradually challenge the shoulder muscles to they can adapt to the new stresses placed upon them and thus become stronger. So no matter what shoulder exercise you choose, you can start by performing 1 set of 10 repetitions using a weight where the last couple of repetitions are challenging. As that becomes easier, you can increase the weight you are using and/or increase the volume from 1 set, to 2 sets, to 3 sets while gradually increasing the weight. This type of progression will continuously overload the shoulder giving it something new to have to adapt to and thus, increase strength.

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