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    side lateral raises...did you feel it?

    Hi guys...so anytime i do side laterashl raises for my shoulders i didn't really feel it in my shoulders...but i feel my traps burning! (doing the work) i use a good form by keeping my elbows slytely bent and my back straight...so guys any idea on that??

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    You might be going to high. Side and front lateral raises are what built my shoulders

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    Not at all..i raise my shoulders and stop when gets parralel to the flore

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    If you feel it in the traps then you are letting your shoulders rise up when doing the movement. Concentrate on keeping your shoulders down and back. You should feel your lats pulling the shoulder girdle down and slightly back. Don't get carried away with weight as this can cause a db lateral to become something resembling an upright row. Try one arm laterals and see if that helps with your form.

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    Yeaah very interesting...thank's man!

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    Defo down to form on these for me i roll my sholders back and use a 5kg plate in each hand place them asif there in your pockets the raise them under control first set u might not get to shoulder height it reqs practice try concentrate on contracting the shoulder muscle rather than just moving the weight from a to b when you get good at them add in some side to overhead raises knuckles facing in towards each other above your head hope that makes sense

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    Try them single armed but use your other arm to grab onto the side of a cable tree and lean about 25 degrees in the direction you're raising. this will put more stress on the delt and less on traps. Google Jay Cutlers shoulder workout he does what I'm talking about with cable raises

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    Yes i think it's a good sensation with the cable..i'll try it next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    If you feel it in the traps then you are letting your shoulders rise up when doing the movement. Concentrate on keeping your shoulders down and back. You should feel your lats pulling the shoulder girdle down and slightly back. Don't get carried away with weight as this can cause a db lateral to become something resembling an upright row. Try one arm laterals and see if that helps with your form.
    Totally agree^^^^^^ this movement easily becomes something else especially once the poundages begin to climb.

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    Also rotate your hand slightly forward when going through the movement, like pouring out a pitcher of water, this will inherently prevent you from raising your shoulders up and isolate the delt.
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    Another alternative is seated lateral raises or lying lateral raises. Both are effective variations .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyinkedup View Post
    Also rotate your hand slightly forward when going through the movement, like pouring out a pitcher of water, this will inherently prevent you from raising your shoulders up and isolate the delt.
    Also(if injured one of your shoulders - I find that a 45degree angle helps w/my form - as my R shoulder doesn't want to follow the same ROM my l does so I need to make sure I'm hitting the muscle in the right fashion...

    Seated or using a plate for front laterals(or I was just introduced to reverse grip front raises - sets your rear delts on fire).... Just food for thought

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    My goal on these is to raise the elbow and shoulder, I don't even think about the dumbell. It naturally stops you at the correct level imho. Works for me anyway.
    I agree, it's a very hard exercise to get the correct feel for. Once you do, progress will follow.
    Try starting these from the sides of your thighs, not in front of your body. This will remove most of the issues of momentum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    My goal on these is to raise the elbow and shoulder, I don't even think about the dumbell. It naturally stops you at the correct level imho. Works for me anyway.
    I agree, it's a very hard exercise to get the correct feel for. Once you do, progress will follow.
    Try starting these from the sides of your thighs, not in front of your body. This will remove most of the issues of momentum.
    Good tip here and this will also help prevent or limit trap involvement.

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    Hmm! So if you guys can see ronnie coleman doing lateral raises..is he cheating?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marty-6 View Post
    Hmm! So if you guys can see ronnie coleman doing lateral raises..is he cheating?!
    Did a quick YouTube search and in the first video that comes up, no, he is not cheating. But I'm pretty sure that's not the only way he does them either.

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    Side lateral raises i feel the most of anything...It puts the icing on the cake to making me feel DOMS

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