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    Best Shoulder Exercises with Bad Back

    Hi people.

    This is my first post, so I'll introduce myself first. I'm in my mid 20's and have been bodybuilding for roughly 6 months. All my workouts are with dumbbells.

    I am currently recovering from a lower back injury and although it doesn't affect my arms and chest workouts, I'm finding it too risky doing Arnold Press, Shoulder Press and Lateral Raises.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for safe alternatives which reduce the risk of injuring the back further ?

    I have a workout bench, but I'm just not sure if there are any good exercises for the shoulders that can be done lying down, which take the stress off the lower back.

    Thanks !!
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    Can you perform seated variations of the lateral raise?

    Try l-raises and upright rows.

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    don't underestimate the effectiveness of your bench for working shoulders!

    for now, doing various angled bench presses will also safely work your shoulders.


    in addition to that, DJ set you off in the right direction, re-read his advice and check out his link.
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    60 degree bench press could be an option!
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    seated shrugs

    seated side D.B. raises
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    Thanks for the advice dudes.

    I'll be trying some of those out.

    Cheers.
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    I also have a lower back injury and this routine is good for me.

    Seated machine press

    Seated lateral raises (sit right on the edge of the bench and lower the dumbbells between ur legs, this way you dont have to lean forward much)

    Cable lateral raises

    Seated front raises hammer grip

    Reverse pec dec (if you have acces try lying on an incline bench)

    I also wear a tight lifting belt and take care to never put strain on my lower back whilst setting myself for exercises or picking weights up.
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