Bodyweight for Shoulders – More of a Challenge
I have discussed bodyweight exercises in repeated previous posts such as bodyweight fitness – quick and easy, upper leg bodyweight exercises, and exercise changes for 2016. One of the more challenging muscle groups to find good exercises for is the shoulders and upper back, as it would usually include a pull up or chin up and it can be difficult at times to find a proper structure to use for that.
Yesterday I was in StumbleUpon and ran across the post I am linking to below on an unconventional bodyweight shoulder workout. This was posted on bodybuildingadvisor.com and was based upon a workout idea by Jeff Cavaliere from Athlean-X.
The exercises used for this shoulder workout
This workout is based around three main exercises, those being handstand push ups, bodyweight side laterals and reverse iron cross push ups. For an advanced level he adds pike circles and handstand kickouts.
For many of you, the handstand push ups may seem too difficult. If this is the case for you then substitute pike push ups. Here is a pike push-up tutorial taken from Global Bodyweight Training on YouTube. If this is still too difficult start with your hands on a bench or two chairs instead of the floor.
The full article with demonstration photos is linked below. I hope you have an opportunity to try it – I did some of these yesterday and it definitely gets the job done working out the shoulders and back.