Top 10 Tips to Get the Best from Shoulder Training

Top 10 Tips to Get the Best from Shoulder TrainingShoulders are an important and widely used muscle in the upper body. To build and maintain them these are the 10 tips.

Start with multi-joint moves first in your workout, when your energy levels are highest. These moves engage the greatest degree of muscle mass because two or more sets of joints are working simultaneously. Overhead presses are the most common shoulder multi-joint exercise, engaging all three deltoid heads as well as the triceps and other assisting muscle groups.

Don't fall in love with one type of exercise or the other; opt for rotation. For e.g. you can choose between seated or standing military press. When standing, you're better able to generate a bit of thrust through your hips and knees. Seated presses are considered slightly better for isolating the target musculature, because it's far more difficult to generate momentum through your lower body. But you'll sacrifice some weight, some reps, or both as a result.


Choose free weights over machine weights:  Exercise machines were invented to make exercising easier, more convenient. What started out as good intention has evolved into a billion dollar industry of fads, gimmicks, quick fixes. Free weights incorporate the stabilizing muscles that enable you to perform the movements you choose to make and may be more effective in producing overall muscular strength and power gains. On the other hand, most machines involve moving a weight along a predetermined path, making it difficult to strengthen the stabilizer muscles.

Go for Isolation exercises after heavy presses: To target a single head, for e.g. deltoid, you must train in the particular plane in which the deltoids is working most actively, targeting the front, middle, and rear delts. That's done by locking a very slight bend in your elbows. The degree of bend in your elbows cannot change during the movement擁t must be locked in one position for the duration of the set. Train toward the upper end of the muscle-building rep range, namely choosing a weight in which you can do 10-12 reps per set, perhaps as low as 8.

Top 10 Tips to Get the Best from Shoulder TrainingDon't Extend your Elbows during Single-joint Raises: If you start closing and opening up at the elbows, the triceps are now part of the equation, reducing the effectiveness of the isolation exercises. Using weights that are too heavy is often the culprit. Lateral raises and reverse standing cable flyes, hold a risk of mistake by lifters who extend their elbows to 180 degrees at the end of the movement, then close them to about 90 degrees as they lower the weights.

Work every body part equally: For e.g. If your deltoids are fairly evenly developed, you can rotate the order in which you train them from one workout to the next to ensure balanced development. If you always do one area last in your workout, over time if will begin to lag behind the others.


Pay Attention to your Rotator Cuffs: When you train the deltoids and chest but skip your rotators, the ratio of the strength between the two muscle groups can become out of balance. This increases your risk of a damaging rotator-cuff injury. We know that training to avoid injury isn't sexy, but doing internal and external rotation exercises is important for healthy rotator cuffs, especially for longtime lifters.


Don't Skip the Shrugs: Add single-joint shrugs to work the upper traps. Note, that the middle and lower portions of the trapezius don't get that degree of activation, and those areas are better trained on back day.

Top 10 Tips to Get the Best from Shoulder TrainingInstead of Bicep Curls do Pull ups: Most pulling exercises pummel the biceps, but pull-ups reign supreme and trump rowing variations. Pull-ups, help build bigger arms and a stronger back simultaneously, which is a glorious win-win.

Build Variety into your Shoulder Training: Consider cycling your shoulder training after 6-8 weeks, going from light to moderate to heavy, or substituting different movements into your routine that are alike but slightly different from the ones you normally do. Substitutions can work the muscle from slightly different angles, offering greater long-term growth potential.


Remember progression is the Key to Muscle Growth.




Dated 02 March 2015


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