I’m wondering if anyone thinks raises (both front, lateral and rear) are enough to build big and strong shoulders.
My goals are primarily athletic - I’m a rugby player so I want to be big and powerful so I value both hypertrophy and strength.
You hear a lot about overhead pressing being a vital component of any routine and plenty of guys who write articles on T Nation swear by it. However, Joe De Franco seems to think they’re completely unnecessary. I feel like I should be able to trust him because, as far as I’m aware, he is famous for being an strength coach for NFL players and the like, which would suit my goals.
Bearing in mind that my goals are athletic, are raises enough to build big AND strong shoulders? And will a lack of overhead pressing damage my shoulder mobility?
I’m thinking about including something like a few sets of Clay Hyght’s Delt Triad after 2 bench press variants on my “push” day.
What do you think?