"Side lateral raises; 1) bent arm (ie holding weight in front at a right angle to the body and lifting your arm a bit like a chicken wing!) 2) or holding the arm relatively straight (slight bend at the elbow) with the weight at your side? Seems everyone t

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Side lateral raises;
1) bent arm (ie holding weight in front at a right angle to the body and lifting your arm a bit like a chicken wing!)
2) or holding the arm relatively straight (slight bend at the elbow) with the weight at your side?
Seems everyone these days does the former but cant see the benefit myself? Anyone any thoughts?
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Probably not doing a great job of explaining. In this very crap pic, the person is holding the weight in front and performing the raise with the elbow bent at a right angle rather than holding the weight by her side with a straighter arm.
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Ah, I see what you mean now. Yeah I see a lot of people doing the 90 degree thing. I think it would allow them to move more weight since the weight is closer to their centre of gravity. It might let them work the fast twitch muscle fibers more easily than having to do high reps to reach the point of fast twitch recruitment. I personally don’t do it this way but if you think about the lateral raise machine that simulates this movement it’s very similar.

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 I do them both ways. One like I’m pouring water out of a tea kettle and one where my arm is almost straight and my range of motion is shorter and I keep more tension on the muscle.
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The benefit is less stress on the joints. Anytime a joint is fully extended tends to be when it’s most vulnerable. I also find it helps me control the weight better with my medial delt rather than recruiting traps for help. Keeping your pinkies towards the ceiling as if your shaking a salt shaker also allows you to put more tension on the medial delt.
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Thanks for the answer but not sure I fully understand. If the main difference in the execution of the lifts is that one requires that you hold the weight in front rather than to the side how does this involve a difference in how extended the shoulder joint is? Ultimatley the medial delt is lifting the arm to parrallel to the floor in both versions isn’t it? Doesnt the variation kick in at the elbow and with the recruitment of the bicep to hold the weight in place at a right angle to the body. Wouldnt it place additional stress on your rotator cuff by pulling it to the side and to the front? Completely get the salt shaker thing though, I often forget to do this but feel it when I do!
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