When it comes to building great looking shoulders, one of the most important things to do is include lateral raises in your workout. These particular raises will help you develop your shoulder caps – the outer head of the shoulders that rounds out the muscle and makes you look stronger and fitter.
When most people think lateral raises, they immediately tend to think about dumbbell raises. While this is one method, it is not the only method.
Let us look at three variations you may want to try…
1. Seated Machine Lateral Raises. First, you have seated machine lateral raises. If you go to a commercial gym and they have one of these machines do give it a try. The beautiful thing about doing leg raises this way, is it will prevent you from using any momentum while doing the exercise. So, it is all going to be your muscular power getting you through the movement.
Seated machine lateral raises are also an excellent way to prevent unnatural bends in your elbow, which could lead to pain over time.
2. Cable Lateral Raises. Another great alternative. One ideal aspect of the cable machine is it will keep constant tension on your muscle at all times: therefore, you will maintain an excellent overall strength output. This can help with building more muscle tissue as well as improving your endurance.
With the dumbbell raises, the most significant force is going to happen when the weight is at about a 90-degree angle, and then it will get more accessible from there.
3. Resistance Band Lateral Raises. Finally, the last exercise to consider is resistance band lateral raises. If you do not have a cable machine at your gym, these can be an adequate substitute. You can easily choose a resistance of an appropriate level for your muscle strength by shortening or lengthening the band or moving up to the next more difficult band as well.
So look at not becoming stuck on the dumbbell raises. While they are a good exercise, branch out from time to time and try other variations. And always remember, remaining flexible is key to maintaining both balance and agility. Being flexible helps to prevent injuries occurring during your workout. You can improve your flexibility by stretching at home or even by participating in yoga. Stretch all the major muscles at least twice a week and include stretches as part of your warm-up and cooldown before and after your workout.