20 Hardest Shoulder Exercises without Weights

Below you’ll find some of the hardest shoulder exercises imaginable, all without using weights. There is something to be said about being able to do a one handed handstand pushup that is more impressive than being able to lift 100 lbs over your head. They both take great strength and it takes incredible commitment to be able to do both, but there just seems to be something more impressive about the first one. It takes more coordination, more whole body strength.

What Makes A Shoulder Exercise Hard?

The angle of the exercise is essentially what makes a shoulder exercise difficult. The shoulder muscle is made up of the anterior, middle and poster deltoid. Its function is to move the arm upward. So naturally, you may think that there couldn’t really be too many variations to a shoulder exercise. Yet as the below 20 hardest shoulder exercises prove, there can be many, many variations.

Which Hard Shoulder Exercise Can I Do?

Shoulder strength is definitely something I need to work on more. I can do a One Arm Pushup but that is about as far down on the list that I can get. How about you? I am so impressed by the people that can do the shoulder exercises toward the bottom. This takes incredible strength and so many years to be able to do. I definitely want to work up this list of shoulder exercises so some day I can do a one handed handstand pushup.

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 20 Hardest Shoulder Exercises without Weights


 

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20 Hardest Shoulder Exercises without Weights

20. Single Arm Plank

 

19. Shoulder Pushups

 

18. TRX Shoulder Pushups

 

17. Handstand Pushup with Wall

 

16. Bucket Circles

 

15. One Arm Pushup

 

14. Nakayama-Planche

 

13. Human Flag

 

12. Human Flag Push Up

 

11. Manna

 

10. Handstand on Bosu Ball

 

9. Supported One Arm Handstand Pushup

 

8. Full Planche

 

7. Planche Pushups

 

6. 90 Degree Handstand Pushups

 

5. Straddle Planche

 

4. One Arm Handstand

 

3. Straddle Planche Clap Pushups

 

2. Hand Hops

 

1. Iron Cross

 

Insane Bonus! – One Arm Handstand On Canes

Comments

      • jerwin says

        Hi todd this is jerwin from india im new to bodyweight before trying bodyweight I was harcore weight training person . Well im plagued from back pains I mean doctor told me anymore nonsense weightlifting you will be in wheel chair I can do standard push up and pull up now seeing there are advavanced moves in bodyweight movements is it safe for my back .pls advice

  1. Tysen says

    Hello Mr.Kuslikis I was wondering if you knew of any Trap exercises? Im having a hard time hitting my traps with bodyweight exercises…

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