For athletes in any contact sport, strong and large shoulders are essential for dishing out and absorbing contact. Thomas Jones, Kansas City Chiefs RB, embraces this philosophy by making sure his shoulders support his powerful running game. It's quite apparent that he works his entire shoulder complex; check out the size of his shoulders in the above video.
The shoulder relies on delt, rotator cuff and trap muscles for support and protection. By building and strengthening these muscles, you ensure they can cope with force applied on the shoulder, while protecting ligaments and other connective tissue from common injuries, like separations or tears.
Jones uses DB Shrugs to strengthen his traps and Side and Front Raises to work his delts, rotator cuff and additional stabilizer muscles. He adds a dropset of the DB Side and Front Raises to further fatigue the muscles, resulting in increased size gains.
For more information on how to perform the Dropset Circuit, view the video with Thomas Jones above.
DB Side/Front Raise
Sets/Reps: 3x12 each arm, each exercise