1. Arnold Press
Yes, this is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger because he’s the one credited for inventing it but that isn’t the reason that it is the top exercise on this list. The Arnold Press is a great exercise that targets all three heads of the deltoids as well as the rotator cuffs. It’s a great all-in-one movement that can help you work on development, function, and strength. On the way up, the twisting motion affects the side delts. Of course, the press benefits the front head. When you come back down and twist, you do not only get the side delts again but you also recruit the rear delts for extra stabilization. All of that and you get the benefit of improved shoulder function and working the rotator cuffs. Furthermore, since you’re working with dumbbells, each shoulder has to do its own work. One can’t help out the other. Those reasons are why this exercise is #1 on the list.
What’s Your Favorite?
Do you feel that a different exercise should be at the top? Is there a lift you like that isn’t on the list at all? Let us know by commenting on your favorite shoulder exercise and why you feel it should be considered among the best ever.