New Year, New You: Exercises to strengthen the shoulders

(WWBT) - We're on your side helping you maintain your fitness goals in 2018. Fitness trainer and bodybuilder Dorrie Smith is sharing tips with us all month long.

Today's tips will help you build strong shoulders. There are two variations of the shoulder press.

You can push straight up by keeping your shoulders at a 90-degree angle. While you work the shoulders, make sure you exhale at the top of the movement, keeping your back straight.

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There is another variation of the shoulder press called the "Arnold press."

With this press, you keep a little bit more of the contraction in the muscles. You internally rotate the shoulders and rotate them out before you press up, which keeps the back straight and the core nice and tight. You'll want to start off with a very light weight when doing the exercise.

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