Shoulder Workout Tips for Size (HARDGAINER EDITION!)

Shoulder Workout Tips for Size (HARDGAINER EDITION!)

JEFF: What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, So the hard gainer series continues here with
Jessie. Now, Jessie, as we pointed out in the last
time when we showed his triceps, has made some serious gains. I want to share with you the things that are
working for him because they’ll work for you. Even if you’re not a hard gainer the things
I’m going to show him in this video are going to apply to you as well because this is the
way you build muscle. You want to direct tension to the muscles
you’re actually trying to build and you want to know how to do it safely and effectively. Now why do we say “safely”, first of all? Jessie has had a couple broken collar bones,
not to mention all the freakin’ head traumas he’s had. The idea here is that the shoulder is one
of the most mobile joints in the body, but with that extra mobility comes a lack of stability. We can hurt the shoulder if we don’t know
how to train it and when someone is trying to build muscle at all costs – like a hard
gainer who hates being skinny – they might do some things that might jeopardize the health
of the shoulder. So the first thing I would say – and this
is where Jessie gets to show off his new results, because I’ll show you what Jessie was just
looking like weeks ago here before me intervening, and what he looks like now. I’m going to have him take off his shirt to
show off the gains. Now I’m not just doing this to have him show
off his gains, but you can see he’s got a lot more muscularity here in his shoulders,
across his chest, but why am I taking his shirt off? If you’re training at home this is the first
tip: take the shirt off. Face your fears. Face your insecurities. Train in a mirror. Not just because I want you to be able to
have to stare at yourself, but because by doing so you can actually watch the muscle
you’re trying to train contract and ensure that you’re getting the tension on the muscle
you’re trying to develop. The exact area. And you can visually see it. Even I do this myself, from time to time when
I’m not in a public gym where I could actually see the muscle contracting, and it’s allowed
me to make even more gains at my age. So I’m going to ask him now to do the side-lateral
raise, the same way we did this demonstration the last time. What would you have normally done prior to
us training and working together? JESSIE: 25 JEFF: 25s. Now 25s, I know I’ve seen him do it. He can move them. Go ahead, let’s see how you do them. Again, it’s not terrible. People do this all the time this way. Again, here you can really see Jessie’s gains
as they start popping out, you know? The issue is that Jessie’s got a little bit
of the bent arms going on, number one. Number two, he’s not really concentrating. He’s just kind of moving the weights around,
but he’s not concentrating on the muscle that’s trying to contract. When we talk about the shoulder, it’s from
here to here. This is the deltoid. From here to here. So if you’re trying to contract it, what you’re
really trying to do is somehow try to shorten that point and contract it. Just like you would a bicep from here to here,
you really want to try to get as much of a contraction there. So we can enforce that by making you slow
down your reps and actually do something we call 1-1/2 reps. So you would grab half of the weight that
you would use. I’m saying 10 pounders. Nope, you’ve got a 10 and a 15, get the other
one. 10 pounders. So now I want his arms straight and when he
comes out with his arms straight I want him to go all the way out to the side and think
about from here to here. Now go down halfway. Now squeeze it back up again. See? Right there, you can feel that. Now turn just a little bit so you can see
from here to here. All the way up there, down halfway, up again. There. Now how’s that feel? JESSIE: Yeah, I definitely feel that way more. JEFF: So do 8 reps here. And you can see, Jessie, as I told you, he’s
making gains. This has not even been a long period of time
and he’s already starting to make gains because I’m allowing him to direct more attention
toward this muscle. Ego lifting needs to be left at the door if
you’re a hard gainer. I know it’s the biggest – you gave up on
me? No, go ahead. Ego lifting is tough for someone that’s skinnier
because they want to do everything they can to speed up the process and they figure that
the heavy weights are what is going to speed that up, but if you’re not putting the attention
on the muscle you’re trying to develop it ain’t going to work anyway. But we do know that you need to lift heavy
if you’re a hard gainer. Heavy lifting is imperative. Is there a way that we can get him to lift
heavy more safely? And that’s where I think the crux of Jessie’s
gains have come. So I can get him to lift heavy, but in a safer
way. I’m not going to have you do a barbell standing
military press, which is what most people would recommend as the first thing to do to
build bigger shoulders. Not for a hard gainer who isn’t really cut
out to be lifting that type of weight, especially in a plane where the barbell is going to be
forced in front of my body. There’s no flexibility there. Dumbbells are going to allow me to have more
flexibility in how far, or back the dumbbells are going to go, right? So what I do is I go to dumbbells and I go
to a push press. What the push press does is it allows me to
safely overload his muscles to give him the heavy training he needs to compliment the
lighter, focused work that we do with that by – go ahead and grab the 40s – by allowing
the rest of his body to assist him in handling the eccentric load. So now he goes` into a push press, he goes
down to a slight squat, pushes up overhead, and then eccentrically lowers through the
shoulder here. Slowly. So control it slow, slow, slow, slow, slow. There you go. Then press up. Boom. Then he’s allowed to absorb it with his lower
body. One more. Boom. Then you come down here, absorb it, absorb. Good. So Jessie – again, you can see the shoulders
popping because he’s been working hard and this stuff has been working. It’s going to work for you, too. Find ways that you can incorporate heavy lifting
in a safer way if you’re a hard gainer. Number two: find ways you can direct more
attention to the muscles you’re actually trying to develop. Number three: if that means taking your shirt
off and training at home and training in a mirror, so be it. If you have to train at a gym that’s fine. Maybe you just roll up your sleeves so you
can show the muscle working while you’re doing it. The idea is a good mix between the heavier
lifting done safely, and the lighter lifting with better focus is going to allow you to
start building some serious muscle a lot faster. Well, we’re going to continue to work on Jessie. He’s a work in progress, but the idea here
is it’s working and it’s going to, like I said, work for you, too. If you’re looking for a program that will
work, and it’s going to put the science behind the strength and walk you through, step by
step; head to to get our ATHLEANX training system. In the meantime, if you’ve found this video
helpful, if you like this series, if you like when Jessie and I get together – look at
this with a new hairdo and everything. Leave your comments and thumbs up below and
we’ll make more of them. All right, I’ll see you guys back here again
real soon. Thanks, Jessie. JESSIE: I think you’re just jealous that everyone
likes my hair better than yours. JEFF: They think we have the same haircut
and that’s not true. All right, I’ll see you guys!

100 comments on “Shoulder Workout Tips for Size (HARDGAINER EDITION!)

  1. Night's King Post author

    Why the 1.5? Would the Light weight* version be better (*name of video)? Where you go up 1/2 way pause for 3 seconds, go all the way up, pause for 3 seconds, go 1/2 down pause for 3 seconds and then go up and that is one rep.

  2. Buck Nekrid Post author

    Jeff is best of breed when it comes to putting on lean, athletic mass. But personally I think it might benefit Jessie to eat like gorilla and put on as much size as possible. Because with his genetics, it’s clearly much easier for him to shred fat

  3. Ryan W. Post author

    "Step 1) Train without a shirt in front of a mirror" – I don't have a mirror at home. I have a large doubled-paned window where I can see a doubled reflection of myself, but only at night time. At night time, people outside can watch me working out shirtless and facing the window.

  4. Radnif Rodriguez Post author

    I have this struggle with gainings too. But in my case, I am between skinny and fat – skinnyfat as they say and that's what I think that that I am struggling with gaining significant mass of muscle. I've been working out in the gym for almost 6 months now and since I can't afford hiring a trainer, I've just been working out without a trainer. Would it be possible to gain muscles eventually even without a trainer? And what should I do to get rid of my skinnyfat physique? I would love to hear anyone's reply thank you.

  5. Imre Csoka Post author

    So wait, you need to do that push press by bending the knee going down a bit before you push up.
    Its the first time i have seen this. Is this good for beginner?
    I am looking for skinny guy shoulder workout.

  6. shachar cohen Post author

    Do u recomend the exercise where u have a bar over yiur shoulder but instead of squad u tilt ur back forward into some near table top position ?

  7. billytheweasel Post author

    Some muscles are hard to grow. My damn calves grow better than my delts!
    I've trained many methods.
    Muscle fiber types the issue?

  8. Brandon The Jersey Devil Post author

    I’m so Skinny again now I use to love this channel I gotta chill with the Weed and get back to it
    Girl Broke my Heart when I had a Good Physique So I went into Depression and lost Gains

  9. The Jovial Brit Post author

    "Look at this. With a new hair-do, and everything…" LOL. Jessie seems like a nice, humble kinda guy. I think he's a great example of what a hard gainer should aspire to be. He's clearly not arrogant, nor is he egotistical.

    I'm 6ft4, slender built, with a strong posture. I've always had a strong posture, from my teenage years, to my current adult life, because I would do chin-ups and pull-ups, every day after school. However, I'm not a super hard gainer, I put on muscle moderately quickly but I also don't put ego into it. When I work out, I know my limits and I take it slowly, making each one count. Lifting heavier, going faster, won't get you to get their faster. Good diet, techniques that Jeff teaches, and consistency, is what will benefit you the most. The longer it takes, the more pride you'll have! I know a lot of you may scoff at me, but I find that using resistance bands really helps me a lot, well until I can start going to the gym properly, once I have my finances sorted.

    Still love watching your videos. You're probably the most genuine, honest, trainer on Youtube.. That I know of.

  10. mike landry jr Post author

    I've been working out faithfully for 11 1/2 years never going with out a year of doing it, I've missed months, but I never stopped for a whole year,
    What Jeff is talking about is what I knew but wasn't sure, I'll start doing it like that, bc I'm 5'8" finally 160 at 37 years young

  11. william deng Post author

    i cant tell if jesse has abs or thats just his rib cage. i been wondering about it for a pretty long time

  12. Allin Yapik Post author

    Felicitaciones on this useful and didactic video. Your tips are accurate and easy to follow if one keeps the focus

  13. 9-Mind-Hunter-9 Post author

    I know this may sound dumb but I just hate being in the gym and flexing my muscles as I work out and being aware that people watch me. I know it's actually normal since I watch people, too here and there but I just can't think differently than expecting them to think somehow bad about me.. 😐😣

  14. Ben S Post author

    Do you feed Jesse anything? Yes some people find it harder to gain weight than others but there is a simple answer to that EAT MORE

  15. Tyler Ellis Post author

    Jeff, I had an AC joint separation in my right shoulder in high school. I find it difficult sometimes now at 25yr to do some shoulder exercises. Also, the results are somewhat noticeable in the other shoulder. Should I increase more sets/reps alone just for my shoulder? – Thanks man.

  16. Broly Post author

    Jessie my boii I’m so proud of you. You and Jeff are very inspirational I just started working out faithfully for about 3 months now and i don’t plan on stopping

  17. Royce Kenneth De Vera Post author

    This falls to Bruce Lee’s philosophy…TAKE WHAT WORKS AND GET RID OF THE REST. Newbies need to understand that it not about the quantity its about the quality! Great vid men and you just earned yourself another subscriber👍

  18. Austin Smith Post author

    Is the push press more of a tricep secondary motion, or can I incorporate it in with my bicep / back day….? Also (I know I'm tardy to the party…) Thanks for the tips and help throughout the years, always learning something from your vids. old/ and new….

  19. Thei Koala Post author

    "jesse had a few broken collar bones and some head trauma"
    and then he was in a car accident the night after they filmed the video

  20. Grand Poo-bah Post author

    Excellent tips in this video. Thank you so much. I definitely am one of those people who move the weight around without concentrating on the muscle I am supposed to be working.

  21. Stark V Post author

    Watching this video after Jesses recent video. He surely have gained more than muscles, more confidence is also noticeable. Keep up bro!

  22. Ian T.J Brodrick Post author

    You know what they call a weight lifter that doesn't train shoulders….. a woman.

  23. Preston Fowler Post author

    Hey Jeff, what can I do if I don't feel or see my shoulders contract as I'm doing these exercises and movements, as with the lateral raises my shoulders don't contract at all

  24. Greg Larson Post author

    0:07 I'm confused is the hard gainer the person standing to the left or the right of Jeff?

  25. King Kiki Post author

    Sir im bad at doing a bench press and my chest looks terrible compare to my friends can u recommend me a video of proper bench press please thanks a lot

  26. Soulfood shogun Post author

    How can you be training or advising anyone? You got a body of a 12 year old boy lol go lift some bigger weights please before giving advice

  27. National Pornographic Post author

    Jesse is so lucky to have that champion helping him.
    Having injuries in both shoulders is tough and wish I had Jeff there to help.


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