The Shoulder Workout “Master Tip” (EVERY EXERCISE!)


What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com. Today I’m going to show you how to improve
all your shoulder workouts by improving every, single shoulder exercise you do. I’m unleashing the master tip. The one tip that can make every, single one
of your shoulder exercises more effective, and therefore improve the results that you’re
seeing from your shoulder workouts. Here’s what you have to do. We’re going to start with a demonstration. I want to start with a side lateral raise
because it’s the easiest place to see this. If you take your arm and you raise it up to
your side like this, just lift your arm out to your side as if you just did a dumbbell
raise. Now take your other hand and reach up, and
grab your trap. What do you feel? You probably should feel some tension here,
in this trap, in this position. But you shouldn’t because we naturally, just
as we did in our chest workout master tip, we let the upper trap become too active in
everything we do, and it’s pulling away the possible results you should be seeing from
the muscle you’re trying to target. So if we’re looking here, and we grab here
– that’s what you do – do me a favor from here. Now try to depress this shoulder. Try to get the trap out of it. Try not to shrug. You should see a drop like that. At least you should be capable of a drop like
that. If you are, then you’re making the mistake. So what you want to do is see if you can do
that now on every, single exercise. And you can! I don’t care if it’s pressing, I don’t
care if it’s front raises, I don’t care if it’s rear lateral raises, I don’t care
if it’s for your side delt. If you look at the problem here you can see
it up close, first and foremost. If I were to go and raise my arm up you can
see the contribution of the delt. Yes, it’s working to pull my arm up, but the
delt, the upper trap here is also working to pull my arm up. So if I don’t control that, this is the
level of activation that I get from the middle delt. But if I actively depress my arms, I try to
pull my shoulder blades down, and now I raise, you can see how much more the side delt has
to work. Yes, you might have to drop the weight and
drop the ego too in order to be able to execute this. But that’s going to lead to much better gains
in your shoulders. I did a whole video on how lighter weights
– I’ll link it right here – lighter weights with shoulders is going to increase the hypertrophy
and the gains you see in your shoulders because it’s one of those muscle groups that tends
to get dwarfed by the contributing muscles around it. It’s right here, next to the chest. The chest likes to contribute when we’re doing
shoulder pressing exercises. The triceps like to contribute when we’re
doing shoulder pressing exercises. It never really gets an opportunity unless
you force the opportunity for it to get more isolated tension, and we can do that by getting
that upper back out of it. So here are some more examples. If I do the side lateral raise, I’ll go back
to this one. You actively start by pushing down and depressing
those shoulder blades, and then reaching out. You almost want to feel as if you’re reaching
out, and under a fence. Never allow the trap to sneak back up, even
if you start to get fatigued. That just means you might have to lower the
weight a little bit. I’ve even showed you before. If you want to add some more tension here
you can stop halfway down and then reestablish, and then go back up again in one and a half
rep style to really drill home the tension on your middle delt. The next thing you could do is you could bring
the dumbbells around to the front. You can do the same thing here. If you want that front delt to work then you’d
better make sure you’re getting the other muscle groups out of it. So again, actively push your shoulders down
and then lift. It’s almost like a scooping motion. You should feel it go down first, and then
scoop up. Down, and scoop up, keeping that downward
tension as you go up. You’re not going to stop the rotation of the
scapula, which is going to allow the arm to raise up, but it’s going to stop the contribution,
and the over-activity of the upper traps, and the levator that are pulling your shoulders
up, and cheating the front delt. We can do the same thing here, as you’ve seen
me doing before. The rear delt. Here you just want to push your arms back
toward your butt. You’re sliding them down. Same thing, depressing them, but sliding them
back down because your torso is now parallel to the floor. Now, can you do this on presses? You actually can and it makes it a hell of
a lot more effective for targeting the delt. Yeah, we press, and we press with no mind
toward ‘is this actually even working our delts?’ We just know that we’re getting the weight
up, and over our heads. That’s fine if you want to just develop big
shoulders because we need to do an element of heavy lifting to just develop the overall
strength, but what you’re left with is just a big mass of a shoulder, but without the
definition, and the roundedness that you’re looking for in that delt for a little bit
more of an aesthetic look. So you have to drop the weight here and focus
on how you press. So the same thing here. I can press, as you watch me here. I can press with my arms up, and overhead,
but what I’m doing here is, I’m getting the same over activity of the upper traps as I
do that. Instead what I want to do is, I want to pull
down, and let the arms go for the ride. So when I let that happen, now the delts are
doing a lot more of the work to have to do the pressing. What you want to do here is, not just look
at keeping down and pressing, but then let the biceps lead the way. So if I keep this down and pressed, and I
bring the biceps up, toward my ears; now we know that we’re doing more of the pressing
here through the delt, and getting as full of a contraction as we can. But the key is still the same. You’ve got to get down before you go up. I don’t care what movement that is. It’s down before it goes up. Yes, it’s the same master tip as we have for
the chest, and all the exercises for the chest. But there’s a reason for that. Like I said, these muscles are all in the
same area. They’re all trying to help us push. So they’re all trying to find the same cheat. The same cheat is doing this, and we don’t
want that to happen. Guys, if you’ve found this video helpful make
sure you leave your comments and thumbs up below. Let me know what you want me to cover here
in future videos. Of course, I’ll cover more of the master tip
series. Also, if you’re looking for a way to get more
out of every, single workout you do by doing every, single exercise you do better, not
leaving really untapped potential on the exercises by making small, little mistakes; head to
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I have to make sure you get the best games ever. All right, guys. I’ll be back here again in just a couple days. See you.

100 Comments

  1. The man is right

  2. Thanks for these tips. Very helpful & explains why I've been getting bigger traps & no gains shoulder wise.

  3. Thank u athleanx, very helpful

  4. Jeff tnx for your hard its really working….

  5. jeff at a funderal to teh bodeis inside teh coffin: shoulders down man…

  6. I don't know if OWEN COOK is the JEFF CAVALIER of social dinamics or IF JEFF CAVALIER is the OWEN COOK of body dinamics

  7. Jeff, I have been doing shoulder work for 50 years and I am now working on performing your movements. I feel like you are bringing me into the 21st century of training. Thank you

  8. Awesome video! Thank you for your wisdom!

  9. Very helpful advice, thanks for your guidance.

  10. JEeze i dropped my shoulders, preformed the raise, and the muscle was so tight i couldn't even brings my arms past 90 degrees! I love this channel!

  11. Hi I'm getting pain in the shoulders while performing front raises..please help

  12. I noticed this yesterday, and a friend told me that when i bench press i was stalling more on my right side than on my left side. So thsnks for this hopefully i get better during these next weeks

  13. Anyone else seeing the smiley face in his back when he presses he shoulder blades down?

  14. serratus anterior video please is it like lower trap?

  15. why do he reminds me of Bruce Wayne ??

  16. Thank you you save me some confusion , key notes is push shoulders down

  17. 👍

  18. well at least im already been doing this correctly. not using my traps

  19. Awesome tips! Very helpful showing us how to see if were making the same mistake. Suggestion for future video: My partner suffers from sciatica pain and during flareups, are there any exercises that can be done to work through a flareup? Sometimes mobility is very restricted due to the pain, but she still wants to exercise.

  20. Thanks jeff for your master tips really helping a lot,thankyou for spreading your knowledge and putting the science back in workout….Ur AWESOME

  21. I like that, "drop that weight, drop that ego.." thing LOL 😀

  22. Today is my shoulders day and i am very happy for your advice god bless u mate

  23. I did some side laterals like he said woke on laying on my side FML 3 POUND DUMBBELLS kicked my ass and i have done 67 push ups in a set before and plenty medicine ball tosses in my life but 5×12 with a pause at the top with 3 pounds was tortue huge pump

  24. It's science bitch

  25. You are just awsome.. I have no words..you'r information always helpful..keep going ..

  26. I feel when I relax my delts and deactivate them, my impingement pain increases considerably.

  27. Super helpful

  28. Awesome video, you sir deserve an award.

  29. I can’t relax my traps when I try to do this. Help!

  30. Yea I'm late…. but Jeff Wooooow vegan gains helped pop these shoulders out using your method like craazzzy

  31. i really liked back master tip , it helped me a lot

  32. Jeff, just coming off a wrist injury/surgery. My left side is noticably weaker. Why type of lifts and techniques do you recommend for getting back to equallibrium. Awesome videos and thanks.
    Steve

  33. I m just became the fan of this channel.

  34. Jeff has six pack on his back!!

  35. Now I know where the neck pain in my left trap is coming from :/

  36. master tip for masterbaiting

  37. Jeff I’m told by the Doc/Surgeon that I need a complete shoulder replacement, ie a reverse geometry. What you are saying is THIS IS THE NO. ONE LESSON TO INSURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS. It is an advanced muscular placement to in shoulder safety. Pay Attention. Thanks Jeff. 💋from a female. A woman that applauds what SHE sees. Stop with the guys thing. Ging xx

  38. this is just great! love this guy

  39. Fuckin top man jeffy!

  40. Woah! Is he spying on me? How'd he know I was doing that?!

  41. My shoulder pops alot when i try this

  42. Should we do trap workout (and fatigue out the traps) before delt workout?

  43. Thank you it's working

  44. Brilliant tip. In fact, masterful…

  45. Hallelujah!! Used this today and, after 30+ years of lifting, felt a true burn in my shoulders and heard no clicking or popping. It’s amazing how one little movement can completely change the results of an exercise.
    Thanks for posting this.

  46. Hump Day = shoulder day!

  47. Thank you

  48. Good advise, Jeff. Thank you.

  49. Wish I saw this before I did shoulders today, great work Jeff

  50. Thanks for the tips. You're great.

  51. jeff is the best trainer in whole universe 4 bodybuilding 💪

  52. I'm always having my biceps sore after a shoulder workout

  53. Yes definitely helped.

  54. dosent depressing the scapula during overhead pressing impinge your shoulder0

  55. The exact video I needed, Jeff is a saint

  56. What I really want to know is how to cure shoulder pain. It wakes me up at night. I usually can't lift my arm using my shoulder in the morning. Side note, I haven't had time to lift seriously for about five years. Only farm work, bucking hay, unloading 250 and 300 pound barrels and moving farm equipment to hitch up and lifting butter cases that weigh 24, 30 and 55 pounds and sometimes 70 pound pallets that need to be carried through a maze at my regular job.

  57. This is great

  58. you are my inpiration 😉

  59. Excellent

  60. Excellent video ever… Thanks a lot and keep it up

  61. Why is your top off?

  62. Good master tip it's going be a challenge..

  63. Very helpful. I move along with his motions while lying on sofa.

  64. This is gold. I've been in and out of the gym for 4 months, training intensely specifically my shoulders. Didn't know i've been doing them wrong since i've come across this video. You, Sir, are truly a master of physical development. Kudos, Mr. Cavalier!

  65. every time i do this with even 10 pound weights, my tendons pop, and causes pain.

  66. Can you talk to people that are 60 + and still work hard and are looking to gain.

  67. Jeff brushes his teeth with two toothbrushes at the same time to avoid muscle imbalances.

  68. great control and muscularity,Jeff. Great tip. A tip one learns,also,in pilates

  69. i like the length of extension thru neck,esp rear.

  70. Wow. Damn good video!

  71. DUDE such a lifesaver. My left shoulder has been grinding and popping. Once I dropped my shoulders down it stopped… Hopping I didn't do too much damage in the past and can start doing shoulder workouts properly now. Thank you

  72. Let me see what I didn't do today.

  73. Excellent!!!

  74. dude i love you

  75. Please make a video on push pull legs workout as what exercises should be included in push/pull/leg workout in a proper way.

  76. Maybe this is one of the reasons pushuls is the only way I can build my shoulders at all. This vid and another of yours are the only ones that have seemed to improve my shoulder workout errors

  77. shoulder.mass += 10

  78. Awesome tip man, always been fighting to get the shoulders nice and round. Thanks so much!!

  79. thx for sharing it, Jeff!

  80. Super duper useful. Man once Jeff explains, it sounds like just common sense, but so many of us have lived through this mistake!!!!! Not so common a sense, so thanks a million Jeff!

  81. I did this last. one set after I did the perfect shoulder workout.

    Never did it like that 1/2, 1, 1/2 down

  82. I know I'm late.. but holy fkn shit does this make all the difference. Thanks Jeff, you're my inspiration 🤙🏿

  83. Thank you, I realized why I got a shoulder injury

  84. U changed my life

  85. Slightly unrelated to this video…but…

    Jeff C., Any tips on proper footgear to wear at the gym like for deadlifts etc…? Thank you!

  86. OMG!!! I so needed this information. This will completely help my shoulder workouts

  87. Definetly helped with the push ups.

  88. Good stuff fellow Jeff

  89. 👍🏾

  90. Eat some fat u look like a crackhead

  91. you re just awesome jeff ! greetings from istanbul

  92. If you do them with a completely straight arm, one side per set, the trap doesn't have any reason to overly engage.

  93. No clue if im doing the depression right n kinda scared 2 try

  94. Great friggin tip!

  95. Thanks for helping us stay healthy and workout more safetly💪👍

  96. You gotta get down before you get up! 😁

  97. This is absolutely a master class video

  98. Wonder what this guys legs look like

  99. Excellent video. I didn't realize until recently how much I use my traps and incorrectly work out. Tough to change though with muscle memory.

  100. thanks for ur tips!

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