|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?
|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|
|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.|