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January 31, 2013 7:15 AM
What kind of exercises do you do ? I have broad shoulders and just wondering what exercises work best ? I don't want to look big or anything just slimmed out and toned .
January 31, 2013 7:16 AM
Great question, I need the answers to this one too. My husband describes my shoulders as "man shoulders". Yeah, he's the best (insert sarcasm here).
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January 31, 2013 7:18 AM
I do the same exersices as everyone else.

weights/cardio/resistenance training.

Dont' want big shoulders? Don't lift heavy on the shoulder press and shrugs..

Honestly I want the same as you, and i'm doing whatever program my boyfriend has me on and it's working and I use heavy weights even for shoulders. I am definately slimming down and getting toned all over.
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January 31, 2013 7:20 AM
The best thing for making your shoulders look smaller? Weight loss.

Not trying to be mean, but if you have fat on your shoulders, losing the fat will go a long way to making you look better.

Also, it is very unlikely that you will add "bulk/muscles" to your shoulders, even if you lift heavy weights. It's difficult for women to gain muscle, even more difficult when you are in a calorie deficit. I lift heavy and my shoulders are only getting less fat.

People used to describe me as being broad shouldered - and I was actually told yesterday that my shoulders were normal sized (during a conversation about a piece of clothing and whether or not it was smaller than stated).
  16691827
January 31, 2013 7:20 AM
I have big shoulders, but kind of on purpose (I train for a sport that uses shoulders and back). Losing weight is making me smaller all over.
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January 31, 2013 8:10 AM
great stuff . good to know others in same boat .
January 31, 2013 8:16 AM
embrace your body structure and roll with it.
January 31, 2013 8:18 AM
QUOTE:

What kind of exercises do you do ? I have broad shoulders and just wondering what exercises work best ? I don't want to look big or anything just slimmed out and toned .


Lucky you! I would love to have big shoulders (rather than the scrawny ones I have). I used to love it when good clothes had shoulder pads--makes clothes look a lot better. I tend to look like I'm a kid trying to dress up in my mother's clothes. wink

My daughter has big shoulders (she got her dad's shoulders) and she just avoids exercise that bulks them up. In general, women don't get bulky with weight-lifting unless they are on steroids.
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January 31, 2013 8:19 AM
QUOTE:

embrace your body structure and roll with it.


I agree. I have broad shoulders and a big rib cage and I like them like that. I have a lot of lean body mass for my height and that makes me stronger :)
January 31, 2013 8:21 AM
QUOTE:

The best thing for making your shoulders look smaller? Weight loss.

Not trying to be mean, but if you have fat on your shoulders, losing the fat will go a long way to making you look better.

Also, it is very unlikely that you will add "bulk/muscles" to your shoulders, even if you lift heavy weights. It's difficult for women to gain muscle, even more difficult when you are in a calorie deficit. I lift heavy and my shoulders are only getting less fat.

People used to describe me as being broad shouldered - and I was actually told yesterday that my shoulders were normal sized (during a conversation about a piece of clothing and whether or not it was smaller than stated).



This. Once I lost enough weight they slimmed down a lot! -- right now I have weight to lose because I've gained back some within the years. Grrr, oh well!
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January 31, 2013 8:22 AM
QUOTE:

I do the same exersices as everyone else.

weights/cardio/resistenance training.

Dont' want big shoulders? Don't lift heavy on the shoulder press and shrugs..

Honestly I want the same as you, and i'm doing whatever program my boyfriend has me on and it's working and I use heavy weights even for shoulders. I am definately slimming down and getting toned all over.



Does lifting heavy make it worse for girls with broad shoulders?
  22722807
January 31, 2013 8:23 AM
One tip my trainer gave me was to keep my shoulders down when lifting. In other words don't shrug them and you will not get the big traps like guys want and have. They will slim out with weight loss.
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January 31, 2013 8:24 AM
I also have broad shoulders and a wider rib cage, just due to bone structure. I just finished reading the New Rules of Lifting for Woman, and the author says that with following the diet plan and workout structure you should end up with a smaller waist and your shirts will fit tighter around the arms and shoulders.... which is not what I want, at all. So I'm thinking I should avoid any type of heavy lifting with shoulders/upper back? I'd like to try the plan in the book but this is making me hesitent.
January 31, 2013 8:24 AM
I didn't realize being broad shouldered was something you could change. Broad implies far across, and weight ususally doesn't have anything to do with that. I'm broad shouldered, but I'm also close to 6ft tall. Also, as a woman, muscle gain is much harder to come by. Just keep doing what you're doing, remember proper form when lifting (i.e. shoulders down), and as you keep thinning out everything should end up balancing out.
  8036394
January 31, 2013 8:27 AM
I totally agree with Lora - most women who think they are "broad-shouldered" aren't as broad as they'd predict....you just have layers of fat covering up your muscle. Lift heavy weights, lose the fat, and you'll see more of an hourglass shape appear.
January 31, 2013 8:29 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do the same exersices as everyone else.

weights/cardio/resistenance training.

Dont' want big shoulders? Don't lift heavy on the shoulder press and shrugs..

Honestly I want the same as you, and i'm doing whatever program my boyfriend has me on and it's working and I use heavy weights even for shoulders. I am definately slimming down and getting toned all over.



Does lifting heavy make it worse for girls with broad shoulders?


Nope. Misconception.
  16691827
January 31, 2013 8:30 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do the same exersices as everyone else.

weights/cardio/resistenance training.

Dont' want big shoulders? Don't lift heavy on the shoulder press and shrugs..

Honestly I want the same as you, and i'm doing whatever program my boyfriend has me on and it's working and I use heavy weights even for shoulders. I am definately slimming down and getting toned all over.



Does lifting heavy make it worse for girls with broad shoulders?


i imagine the visual difference that would be made would be negligible unless you bulk for a long time and possibly use PEDs.
January 31, 2013 8:33 AM
I think brought shoulders look nice and athletic.
  15072989
January 31, 2013 8:33 AM
QUOTE:

The best thing for making your shoulders look smaller? Weight loss.

Not trying to be mean, but if you have fat on your shoulders, losing the fat will go a long way to making you look better.

Also, it is very unlikely that you will add "bulk/muscles" to your shoulders, even if you lift heavy weights. It's difficult for women to gain muscle, even more difficult when you are in a calorie deficit. I lift heavy and my shoulders are only getting less fat.

People used to describe me as being broad shouldered - and I was actually told yesterday that my shoulders were normal sized (during a conversation about a piece of clothing and whether or not it was smaller than stated).



This my shoulders and upper back fat are starting to shrink
January 31, 2013 8:37 AM
I have broad shoulders BUT I worked hard to get them that way. I don't have much of a defined waistline so my shoulders give me the appearance of one. blushing I lift heavy and do lots of cardio and I wouldn't change it for the world. smile
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January 31, 2013 8:42 AM
Push-ups are the best upper-body exercise for women. If you can do them full-bodied you will exercise your whole body, but if you can, just do them from your knees, varying the distance between your hands to exercise your chest, shoulders, triceps and back. You can even do them standing up putting your hands at shoulder-height on a wall with your feet far enough away from the wall that you have about two inches between your palms and the wall when you hold your arms out to put them on the wall (palms facing the wall, fingers toward the ceiling.) You can do the same thing on a desk or a stationary chair if you don't want to get down on the floor. The upright ones can be done in business clothes in multiple sets at work. I sometimes do them on the bathroom counter when I'm waiting for the shower water to get hot. Yes, I'm broad-shouldered, too. Can't wear off-the-shoulder dresses or blouses because it doesn't look right.
January 31, 2013 8:46 AM
I like my broad shoulders. I just do basics, like, assisted bar-dips, shoulder press, shoulder flies, pulley rows...
January 31, 2013 8:50 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

embrace your body structure and roll with it.


I agree. I have broad shoulders and a big rib cage and I like them like that. I have a lot of lean body mass for my height and that makes me stronger :)


I totally agree! I love my broad shoulders. I've heard many times in my life, "You are oddly strong for a girl." This may not make me a meek and delicate flower, but neither does my personality.

Also, even though I'm still overweight (workin on that) I carry it better than someone my height normally would.

Embrace it!
  1447363
January 31, 2013 11:13 AM
QUOTE:

I also have broad shoulders and a wider rib cage, just due to bone structure. I just finished reading the New Rules of Lifting for Woman, and the author says that with following the diet plan and workout structure you should end up with a smaller waist and your shirts will fit tighter around the arms and shoulders.... which is not what I want, at all. So I'm thinking I should avoid any type of heavy lifting with shoulders/upper back? I'd like to try the plan in the book but this is making me hesitent.


I'm almost done with New Rules -- starting Stage 6 last week. I have lost 20 lbs so far (combo of lifting and eating at a deficit). My shirts are looser; not tighter. I assume what is stated in the book is based on someone who's not overweight. Do not let that deter you from starting this awesome program! I have linebacker shoulders, so the OP's post hits home. But I know now that once the fat is gone, my shoulders'll look awesome. getting there slowly...
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January 31, 2013 11:37 AM
I have wide shoulders and love them. They balance out my lower half.

That being said, I noticed when I started strength training my shoulders became more defined and less bulky/"manly." So embrace your shoulders, work em out!

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