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Are Lateral Raises Crucial for Delts?

my routine is:

Mon- Pull:
deadlift 3 x 5
BB row 3 x 5-8
Pullups 3 x 8
DB rows 3 x 10
Incline DB curls 3 x 10

  • hammies/back stretching

Wed- Push:
Flat bench 3 x 5
Incline db bench 3 x 8-10
military press 3 x 8
dips(weighted) 3 x 5-10
inc db flyes 3 x 10
inc bb french press 3 x 10

  • hammies/back stretching

Fri- Legs/Abs
Front squat 3 x 5
Bulgarian split squat w/ dbs 3 x 10
Leg curls 3 x 10
Single leg calf raise /w dip belt 3 x 10
Hanging leg raises 3 x 10
Renegade row 3 x 5

  • hammies/back stretching

do you think that i need more direct shoulder work for proepr shoulder development? some people swear that i need to do lateral raises in this routine… i just want to add good amount of mass, but also i want to have proportional growth (in reagard to bodyparts). what do you think?

Just add in some face pulls or rear delt work rather than laterals, probably a better choice in the long run.

I think if you are training for aesthetics (which I gather from discussing 'proportional growth), lateral raises of SOME variation are necessary. It’s a big player in giving you the ‘wide shoulder’ look most people who lift are looking for. I’d just throw some laterals in on your push day, and some rear delt work like Pat said, on your pull day

3 sets of military presses a week?

Yeah, you should add some form of lateral raises. And have you ever seen a man with too big side delts?

^ do way, way more OHP anyway