🔥 TIPS ON LATERAL RAISES
💥 Ever seen people lean forward when doing lateral raises? Are they cheating? Is it bad?
✅ Honestly, it’s a great strategy: both for gains & shoulder health, but let me explain:
When it comes to muscle gains & injury prevention, we know that full range of motion should always be performed/adviced during training.
And when we perform the exercises, we also need to have a “deeper look” into ourselves, and see how the actual structures of our body work and respond, depending on the position we’re starting and ending the movement at.
🚨 When standing tall, the acromion, which is an anatomical portion of the scapula that extends externally over the shoulder joint, sits just on top of the humerus.
If we happen to raise our arm externally, the humerus will stop going up at 90, point from which our scapula will rotate as well to reach a 180 degrees rotation.
When it comes to “lateral delt” training, we need to think of two main things: (1) how to perform full ROM. (2) how to perform the exercise safely.
If we do our lateral raises when standing tall, our humerus will get very close to the acromion, which is gonna stop it from moving any further secreasing the room within the humerus will move within and decrease The total ROM.
On the other hand, if we tilt our torso just a little forward (about 20 degrees) while still keeping our arms vertical (perpendicular to the ground), the acromion will shift a little forward, creating room for the humerus to move through when raising the arm up in a much safer environment.
✅ This gives you the ability to perform the exercise in a much safer position, and also increasing your range of motion by some degrees. Which obviously equals better gain