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Old 07-05-2014, 05:22 PM
 
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Genetics are a big part of it, but there's still a lot you can do. In my family, I'm one of the few people with broad shoulders and I think a lot of it has to do with my workouts. First, I lift weights. The rest of the men in my family do cardio or no exercise at all. I don't choose exercises based on developing specific muscles. Instead I focus on compound exercises to build overall strength. But exercises that will help make your shoulders broader are shoulder presses, lat raises, and lat pull downs/pull-ups. The last one gives the illusion of broad shoulders by building up your back. Also, having a small waist will make your shoulders look wide. Most of the men in my family wear a size 34 or above. Because I'm leaner and have a small frame to begin with, my waist is around a 29. So even though my shoulders aren't muscular, having a narrow waist makes them look wider than they are.

To the OP, I wouldn't focus on building one body part in the hopes of making yourself more attractive. Aim for a more balanced look. A lot of guys build up their chest and biceps trying to impress women, but then have chicken legs and weak backs. Genetics matter, but most people don't come close to their potential. At the same time, broad shoulders can't make up for a lousy personality.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:22 PM
 
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yes


h=mc2

height=shoulder mass in centimeters squared
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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As a man without broad shoulders i can confirm some women do not care about this at all. It's a matter of personal taste. I enjoy having a thinner build...there is a niche for it and its not oversaturated.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:37 PM
 
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As a man without broad shoulders i can confirm some women do not care about this at all. It's a matter of personal taste. I enjoy having a thinner build...there is a niche for it and its not oversaturated.
It's very much the musician look.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
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I love having big broad shoulders... Although, don't overlook a big manly chest... Working on trying to beef up my upper chest, since i don't do typical barbell presses, but do flat dumbbell presses instead, which work more of the entire chest but don't isolate the upper region as much as an incline bench press would.

Of course it is dumb to focus on one exercise for one part of your body. You need a balanced physique to truly look good and to avoid developing later injuries or body pain. However, as far as shoulder exercises that will blast your shoulder size, I would say nothing beats push press/push jerk, snatch and the good ol' military press. Of course, some of the more power exercises I do, like Farmer's Walks beef up your traps, forearms and shoulders like nothing else, but work the entire core and upper body.

Broad shoulders are even sexy on a woman if they are not overkill.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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It's very much the musician look.
or the Anthony Bourdain look? lots of ladies like a tall grey haired guy like Bourdain
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I never really noticed them. I like a good smile. That's what got me hook on my husband I have a broad shoulder and I am woman. I also love to swim and don't do any special exercise for it. I guess I am just born with it.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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As a man without broad shoulders i can confirm some women do not care about this at all. It's a matter of personal taste. I enjoy having a thinner build...there is a niche for it and its not oversaturated.
My husband was also tall and thin when we met. He developed more muscles over time and I still love him But if I am being honest, I prefer guys on the thin side. I am tiny and don't want anyone that looks like they can crush me anytime
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:37 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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Broad shoulders and narrow hips always look really good on a guy. Swimmers tend to have that physique. And it's always hot to see a cowboy with narrow hips and broad shoulders. Mmmmmmmm cowboy...

Anyhoo - if you want to get some broad shoulders, start swimming laps. Women who swim laps also tend to develop broad shoulders.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I like guys with broad minds.
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