Phil Heath’s Shoulder Workout – Building Massive Shoulders

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Building massive shoulders

To reveal some of the biggest and broadest shoulders in history to the world, the 7 times Mr. O. Phil Heath does not rely solely on size. In order to dominate, entering the stage, Phil, having 7 titles “Mr. Olympia”, prepares for each show as obsessed, in order to present the most massive and sculpted body with pumped-up deltas casting an impressive shadow on his rivals.

Phil Heath Shoulder Workout - Building Massive Shoulders
Phil Heath Shoulder Workout – Building Massive Shoulders


That’s why when the day of shoulder training comes, Phil is extremely focused on one single goal – to demonstrate even more massive and high-quality muscles every time he goes on stage. Phil says:

“For the most part, bodybuilding is preparation and discipline, the ability to strictly adhere to the regime, no matter how difficult and unbearable it may seem. In the end, you are not just competing with competitors; you are competing with yourself.”

Muscle and Strength Gain

Discipline is nothing without a systematic approach, therefore, in order to achieve maximum muscle gain, each exercise should be carried out carefully, it should contain elements aimed at working out each muscle of the shoulder girdle. Here is Phil’s proven formula to crown the figure with impressive deltas.

Phil Heath’s Shoulder Workout

Smith Army Bench Press 4 10 -12
Dumbbell Raises Front 4 10 -12
Vertical shoulder raise
4 10 -12
Dumbbell Raise 4 10 -12
Dumbbell Shrugs 3 – 4 10 -12
Shrugs with a barbell 3 – 4 10 -12
Dumbbell Bent-Over Raise
4 10 -12
Reverse Peck Deck Fly 7 10 -12


Building Delts How Phil

With strict adherence to the goal and scrupulous planning, you can become the owner of massive muscles, and the exact training program from the 7-time “Mr. Olympia” Phil Heath in your arsenal simply eliminates any excuses when the day of training falls on your shoulders.


But no matter what you do, do not slow down your progress. Use the main weapon of Phil Heath the right diet and exercise.

Remember – that using a program of professionals for beginners is not reasonable and therefore we suggest that you familiarize yourself with other simpler workouts that are suitable for beginners

With a few examples, we will show and describe in detail how to perform shoulder exercises:

1) The Lateral Raise

lateral raise

Technique Lateral Raise

To begin with, we recall that Lateral Raise is aimed at strengthening and training the lateral (middle) beam of deltoids. If you do this exercise incorrectly, the load goes to the front shouder. And if it’s completely wrong – then on the back shoulder.

How to:


Dumbbells should be taken so that the palms are turned to the body. This is the starting position.

  1. We begin the Lateral Raise so that the elbows are turned back and up. Raise your hands to parallel with the floor.
  2. Some people call this exercise “pitchers,” because the movement is like pouring water out of pitchers.
  3. Imagine dumbbells are jugs. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds and lower your hands back.

Repeat the low-weight lead 10–15 times to warm up. Next work with the right weights.

2) Dumbbell Incline Raises

Doing dumbbell dumbbell incline raise is similar to raise dumbbells to the sides, the only load is shifted to the rear deltas.

Bent over lateral raise
Bent over lateral raise

3) Bench press Arnold

Exercise develops the front and middle bundles of the deltoid muscles. As stabilizers, the muscles of the body, the long muscles of the back, the abs, the front and rear surfaces of the thighs, the buttocks are involved in the movement, if the movement is performed while standing.

In the initial position “sitting on the bench” the body and legs work less, stabilization is due to the quadriceps and the press.

Bench Press Arnold
Bench Press Arnold


4) Bench Press Behind the Head

Bench Press Behind the Head

The press from behind the head was even removed from the weightlifting competition program. Therefore, it is best not to do this exercise. Plus, very few athletes perform it not correctly, and improper technique further increases the risk and danger of injury.

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