Who does not want broad shoulders? Wide shoulder muscles are one important part of every man’s dream body. They enhance the entire appearance of your upper body, making your frame look better and more proportional. Upper body muscle mass in the form of broad shoulders indicate good strength, and can also make you look more confident as well as feel more confident from within. 

For widening shoulders, people go for freehand shoulder exercises mostly, since they have a great effect on muscles and internal organs of the body. In addition to muscularizing the body, they promote the body’s general overall health as well. 

If you do not know what freehand exercises are, let us give you a few examples of the type, which are: push-ups, pull-ups, knee bends, handstand push-ups, one-leg squats, lunges, sprinting, etc.

Freehand shoulder exercises for broader muscles are the best, to begin with, and so, let us tell you more about them. You can go through this list of freehand exercises that you must try if you’re aiming to build broader muscles. Have a look.

1. Forward lean push-up:

Start with a regular push-up, and slowly try to move your palms back. While you move your palms, try to create a V-shape with your body. Once you’ve achieved this position, now you need to lean forward and try to touch the ground as far as you can. The lowest point you can reach is your nose being able to touch the ground, and if you’re able to do this, Issa proud proud moment! 

Around 20-30 repetitions of this exercise would be best for your workout plan and will heat your muscles well to start that intense workout.

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2. Plank toe touch:

For a Plank toe touch, get down in that plank position, one hand at a time. Now, gradually bring your toe forward and try to touch it with your hands. For this, there are two variants available, you can either go for a cross touch (right hand, left toe) or a straight touch (right hand, right toe). However, you must also make sure that your toes do not come beyond your thighs or hips.

3. Hand-stand push-ups:

Handstand pushups are the toughest version of all the freehand shoulder exercises to build broader muscles. For doing this, you will be required to get in a hand-down position from the wall and rest your toes against the wall in a downward position. If you’re a beginner, it would be really tough for you to even get in that initial position on your own, and for this, you might take somebody’s help. Place your palms on the floor and move your head down. Bring it back up.

This exercise will basically pressurize your shoulder muscles and hence, help them get stronger and broader.

4. Wide-grip pull-ups:

Wide-grip pull-ups are an effective set for a workout for the wings, as well as for the shoulders. While you pull up, you must focus on your shoulder muscles and use them to push the body in the upward direction, because we are working out to broaden the shoulder muscles. Having your planks in line with your shoulders, with little space in between your arms, is the best position for this exercise.

5. Upward stretch:

Upward stretching is a part of a post-workout set of exercises. 

Let us see how to do an upward stretch.

  • Stand straight with your feet placed shoulder-width apart.
  • Place your hands over your head, with your fingers intertwined with each other.
  • Keep your back straight and your feet placed firmly on the ground. 
  • Raise your hands and try to take them up towards the ceiling and then bring them back down slowly.
  • Hold your stretch for a few seconds and then gently release. 
  • Repeat the same process.

6. Arm circles:

This is just the perfect workout you need to get that desired warm up to enhance the blood circulation and build broader muscles. 

How to do arm circles?

Follow the given below instructions to do arm circles:

  • Stand straight with your feet placed shoulder-width apart. 
  • Stretch your arms parallel to the floor.
  • Bring your arms forward and circle them using small motions, and gradually try to increase the circumference of the circles to the point you start feeling a stretch in your triceps. 
  • After around 8-10 seconds, reverse the direction of the circles
Bodybuilder training arm with resistance band.

Freehand Shoulder Exercises

 We would suggest you go for 30 forward and 30 backward arm circles, to work for your ultimate goal of broadening your shoulders by these freehand shoulder exercises.

7. Plank hand raise:

Lie on a mat and place your forearms on the mat. Keep your elbows under your shoulders and your forefeet on the floor. Gradually, raise your body upwards in a straight line. Raise one of your arms and extend the handout. Hold the position still for some counts and after that, return the elbow to the mat. 

Now extend the other arm, hold for some counts, and return. Repeat the whole process sometimes. 

It is a known fact that shoulders are that one body part that adds instant dominance to a man’s physique. Apart from the advantage that they make your frame look proportional, women consider this to be the sexiest body part in men. Ah, now you have a major incentive to work out on those shoulders. 

A strong set of shoulders practically add so much to your daily life and tend to make it easier. From improving your performance in playing a lot of sports to reducing your chances of injuries while doing your back and chest exercises, a good set of shoulders will help you with every other thing. 

We hope this set of freehand exercises help you in achieving your aim of broadening your shoulder muscles. 

Apart from freehand, there are other sets of exercises as well that will help you in this, and you must keep looking out for all you can do. Be consistent and determined throughout your works, because that’s all that matters for you to be able to realize your goals.