[quote]Professor X wrote:
Cable Lateral Raises FTW. Personally, I do them with the cable behind my back, but either way is great.
In general I think shoulders respond better to lighter weights and higher reps, when you are dealing with raising movements. I generally stick to 10-15 reps when I’m doing raises, with a burn out set or a fast twitch set with lighter weights at the end.[/quote]
I disagree. My lateral delts get hit with a lot of weight. This has led to them standing out more than most who think heavy weight isn’t needed. I use a machine now for lateral raises, but I usually do the whole stack plus an added 2 45lbs plates hanging off.
Cable lateral raises actually restrict the weight used (as do dumbbells in some instances) because of your forearm,elbow taking much of the load.
I will say that I did dumbbells exclusively until I could do 55lbs for lateral raises but have seen way more growth since I moved to that lateral raise machine that allows your forearms to rest on the pads taking them largely out of the equation.[/quote]
I like that machine also, and have started using it consistently these last few weeks…hopefully it’ll help cap off my sad lateral delts. [/quote]
I think I need to make this clearer.
I STUCK WITH DUMBBELLS UNTIL I HAD BIG DELTS.
I use that machine now because of the weight I am moving and usingthat much weight was making my forearms so sore that I was recovering VER slowly for biceps and back work…which all stress the same area.
That machine lets me use more weight than I ever see anyone else using (I get an audience some times when lifting on that machine and have never seen anyone add weight to the stack).
I would not recommend someone who is having a hard time with growth start using that machine exclusively as it is VERY doubftul you are using enough weight to stimulate growth at this point better than dumbbells would.
This is also the point people need to understand when they see me talk about Hammer Strength machines and how I use them mostly for chest now. I am not recommending that to anyone but people at my stage of development.