Who does not want a V-cone killer? The key to any large taper is broad shoulders. The wider the shoulders, the narrower the waist and the better your overall physique. To look wider at the shoulders, you need to have round, full deltas, and for this, it is often best to use lateral climbs. However, you can only raise as long as you reach the plateau, and ultimately the same move will not be as effective.
But what if you could achieve new successes and shake your shoulders using the same proven exercise for building shoulders? This can be done by performing one simple setup of this classic elevator.
Take your sides to the side
Think of the word "side." What does it mean? From or from the side. Now think when you perform a lateral enhancement. Most of you reading this will most likely start with the dumbbells in front of you and then lift them to the side.
I recommend that you start a side raise with weights in – wait for it – on your side. Crazy concept, I know, but stick with me. There are several reasons why this fine tuning is of utmost importance.
Weight where you need it
Permanent weight maintenance on your side means that your side deltas will do more work from start to finish. When you start with dumbbells in front of you, your front deltas cannot resist instinctive attachment to the lifting side. This is not necessarily bad, but if you want to round these shoulders, then the side deltas should do most of the work — and they should do it alone or almost like that.
The beginning of the movement with weights on the sides means that these side deltas have no chance to relax, because the resistance is already there, where it should be. They will remain activated even at rest, and they are already loaded when you lift the dumbbells back for each repetition.
Another common bad habit on a lateral flight is a slight movement fluctuation towards the end of the set. Some athletes even swing from start to finish, so they can climb harder and impress anyone who looks.
Cheating weight is sometimes good, but doing it every time is not. This not only reduces the amount of work done by the side deltas, but can also cause injury to the shoulder or back. Pulling the dumbbells back, so that they begin and end on the sides, eliminates the temptation to swing. You may have to switch to a smaller mass, but the gain is worth it.
We have already discussed how to start with weights on the sides means that you are more likely to do more work with your side deltas, using less weight. This makes it easier to control those representatives with whom you intend to work, which leads to better results.
This shoulder extension technique allows better control of the lifting part of the movement. You will be able to hold the weight at the top without crossing the shoulder, and, finally, you will be able to defeat gravity and achieve an important slow descent to the bottom.
Try this option for yourself the next time you train your shoulders. You will have to start from the bottom of the dumbbell rack, but ultimately you will get bigger and stronger, with a little patience and proper performance.
Let us know how this works in the comments below.