Would it be ok to use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od2qvbC0D_U instead of a db shoulder press? The reason i ask this is because i use to play baseball and now my left arm is EXTREMLY weak compared to my right so i kinda wanted to thing unilaterally. If i were to use DBs i wouldnt be able to increase weight by 2.5s since the DBs in my gym have 5lb increments.
Dumbbells are superior, ESPECIALLY if you have imbalances.
There are so many stabilizer muscles that dont get hit from HS machines. I experienced a massive stregth dropoff when I moved from incline dumbell press (for chest), to HS iso incline press during my baseball season.
The difference is that I moved to the less demanding movement DURING my season. Youre looking to do that in your offseason. Bad idea imo.
Why are you worried about only increasing by 2.5lbs? Press the 60s for 15 reps and Im sure youll be able to jump to the 65s for at least 8, then work from there.
i'd go with this machine for now, then eventually move on. I used to pitch as a kid too and my throwing shoulder gave me a lot of problems when I first started lifting and used oveerhead dumbbell presses. My balance and ROM was way off due to lack of mobility in my throwing shoulder, and this machine sorta straightened me out at the start. It's like wearing a pair of braces on your teeth lol.
thats pretty common too, I just assumed that it was a lack of mobility thing in your throwing arm like what had happened to me. I wouldn't worry too much about it, I'm pretty sure one arm sorta lags 'a little' if not in strength, than in coordination.
thanx for the compliment btw, the pic probably makes me look better than I am, or so my mind/eyes seem to think that lol. Plus my love handles blend in with the wall color too lol
personally I don't think it's a crutch. It allows you to lift safely without possibly causing more injury. i.e. when you see kids first do barbell bench press and the bar is going up at a 45' angle lulz with the strong arm locked and the other arm lagging way behind. I've seen newbs nearly fall off the flat bench doing that a few times.
Dumbells also allow you to lift safely because the weakest link in your kinetic chain is the limiting factor. With HS machines, that's not the case.
Youre wrong to think that HS machines are less likely to cause injury than dumbells. That may be true if youre talking about direct injuries that occur in the gym, but using HS machines on already unbalanced muscles can further weaken the weakest links, you see where this is going.
And who said the OP had an injury in the first place? A muscle/strength imbalance is definitely not an injury. But it can become one if not addressed.
Trust me when I say this. If you have a lagging muscle group, the last thing you want to do is make a certain movement easier. HS machines should be used by people who are keen to proper lifting motions. This is learned through the use of free weights.
Dude, no offense, but HS machines didnt even exist when you were a kid, playing baseball.
I still play baseball, I use HS machines, I use dumbells, I've delt with muscle imbalances, and mobility problems. This happens to be one area where I'm very confident that I know what Im talking about.
lulz calm down, it's not my fault that you assume that as a 11 y/o i was in the gym weight training lulz. nowhere did I say that. When I began weight training, the effects of playing baseball were evident in my shoulder. Big difference. And lulz at the age pot shot, whatever makes you sleep better I guess