Your goal is simple: get freaking huge! But before you step in the gym and get after it, you need to arm yourself with the right routines. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled workouts from some of the greatest bodybuilders to ever cinch up a weightlifting belt and answer the challenge of the iron. So put your game face on, turn up the volume on your favorite training tunes, and make 2017 your year for packing on wall-to-wall muscle.
SHOULDERS: DEXTER JACKSON
Dexter “the Blade” Jackson turned pro by winning the light-heavyweight and overall at the 1998 North American Championships and throughout his career, the 235-pounder has used his flawless proportions, shape, and otherworldly conditioning to overcome foes who routinely outweighed him by 40-plus pounds. This bodybuilding veteran continues defying time, most recently becoming a record-breaking seven-time champion of the Arnold Classic.
Jackson’s delts, capped to give the appearance of greater width in front and rear poses with thickness to his anterior and posterior heads for greater depth in side poses, are riddled with striations that make it seem as if his skin has been peeled off. His simple yet effective routine hits all three heads for complete development. Jackson trains delts once weekly.
THE WORKOUTS: SHOULDERS
- Seated dumbbell press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Incline bench lateral raise: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Reverse machine flye: 4 sets of 10-12 reps