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Old 05-06-2008, 05:04 AM
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As for lateral raises, try grabbing a machine or the squat cage and lean out sideways. Then do the lateral raise. The ROM is greater and you don't have your body to act as a brake for the weight.

I'm not sure what these are called. But I like them better. I think there is less inclination to cheat on these, because in that position it is really awkward to engage the legs to push off.
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Hey, Ross is right. Anything can be done wrong. The important point nobody has mentioned is that it is best to do them in the 'scapular plane'. That is with the arms in toward the body about 20 to 30 degrees. Rather than straight out to the sides. That is actually a bigger contributer to the stress on the small RC muscles than going above parallel. And I prefer to do them with a natural grip.
I have no idea what you mean, can you explain in more detail, or post a pic eric?
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Yeah I'm sure I can find a pic. Easier than explaining it

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So it looks like his arms are about 30 degrees in. He has his palms down. I prefer a neutral or more thumbs up grip. But anyway this is more optimal in terms of length-tension. I'm sure I can provide info on that if you'd like.

Also a very good option for RC health and a good deltoid exercise in general is SLA's or "side lying abductions". This is where you lie on your side with a dumbell against your hip (palm toward the hip) and lift the db up to about 45 degrees. There is no scapular elevation that way and it takes the upper traps out of it. Just a good variation to have in the repretoire.
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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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