I like this exercise to help build the overall shape of the deltoid so that I can chisel out a muscular defined deltoid. This will work from front and middle portion of the deltoid so other exercises should be used to build a well rounded shoulder.
Shoulder injuries for people who resistance train is very common. Having a well balanced, flexible shoulder can really help reduce the chances of developing shoulder problems down the road. Targeting the rear portion of the deltoid is also very important.
Sometimes I will slightly raise or lower cable on the functional trainer to alter the angle and maximum resistance point in the lift. Throwing in variations can be a great way to stimulate more muscle growth.
It is important to keep a solid core, avoid momentum and avoid yanking during this exercise. Shoulders can be delicate and a shoulder injury is not going to e good for future upper body progress.
You will notice in my videos that I actually show a warmup set and a real intense set for my abilities. I do this to help illustrate what intensity looks like as I really feel that it is misunderstood and underutilized.
Form & Safety
As always form and safety is extremely important. Injury is always possible. As with all of these videos I will demonstrate what it looks like to perform this exercise with intensity at my skill level. I have been doing movements like this for 26 years and adding weight is natural for me. Use caution and consult professionals. But keep in mind rule 2! Intensity is one of the rules I have lived by for over 26 years.
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