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Ten Best Lifts for Mass Part 2

Dennis Wolf Lists the Final Five

Last week we posted the first part of this two-part feature, wherein Dennis Wolf listed the first five of his top ten favorite lifts for mass. This week Dennis lists the remaining five lifts.

6) Barbell Military Press – (WATCH DENNIS TRAIN SHOULDERS)

“People ask me what exercise I think has helped me build my shoulders the most, and this is the one,” Dennis says. “It felt right to me from the start, and my shoulders have always responded to it very well. I know some bodybuilders like dumbbells or machines, but this is my favorite shoulder press.”

Wolf started doing the military press within a month or two of when he started weight training, though he had been using a machine version from the start. “But then I noticed the big guys were always doing the barbell presses,” he remarks.

For a time in more recent years, Dennis switched over to the Smith machine, until eventually making a connection between worsening shoulder pain and that device, thanks to a phenomenon to be cautious of called “pattern overload.” That means that since you always move exactly in the same movement pattern on a Smith, you are at risk of overuse-type injuries if you use it exclusively over the free-weight version of any exercise.

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