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.
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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 Of The Hardest Shoulder Exercises 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 Bodyweight Shoulder Exercises
20. Single Arm Plank
19. Shoulder Pushups
18. TRX Shoulder Pushups
17. Handstand Pushup with Wall
16. Bucket Circles
15. One Arm Pushup
13. Human Flag
12. Human Flag Push Up
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