The list you’re about to read is based on two factors: EMG tests, which measure electrical activity in the deltoids; and an exercise’s ability to accommodate load. For example, you may be able to do an overhead barbell press with 185 pounds, but use only 35-pound dumbbells on lateral raises.
More often than not, then, the press is the better choice, even if the lateral raise totally lights up the EMG.
For each exercise, we’ll tell you why it made the list and how to use it in the context of your workouts. Go Next Page to see the first exercise!