[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Figuring you meant “baby weights”, those two points probably go hand-in-hand. Some exercises require a relatively-lighter weight to be most effective. “Lift heavy shit” isn’t always the best motto for hypertrophy.
[/quote] Yeah, if only poor Markus Rühl had known that before he started wasting his time with all those 450-700 lb smith shoulder presses…
I’m sure his delts would look much, much bigger now. (sry, couldn’t resist)
This is kinda rhetorical, but how much body English/momentum are you using? I find it hard to believe you’re lifting 25% bodyweight in a front raise with strict form, so it’s not a surprise your traps are getting worked.
[/quote] Well, as long as his delts still do enough of the work and he doesn’t just let the weight drop down on the eccentric… But in all honesty, I’ve never been able to do laterals or front raises pain-free with any kind of weight (and you ultimately get there, even if you go super strict at all times) without a little bit of swing (not using your low back to actually boost the weight up except on the last few reps maybe, but letting yourself swing a little with the weight, kinda hard to explain. Same on BB curls or upright rows).
Also, if you can only progress from 20 pounds to 40 pounds with strict form (and after years of training), well…
I “feel” lateral raises in my abs, but that doesn’t mean I’m not primarily targeting my side delts. There are technique cues you could use to focus on the side delt, such as unilateral touch training, pinching the scapula back, trying to contract the lats during the lift (that’s another tip from Reeves who was all about de-emphasizing the traps), etc.
[/quote] If only reeves had actually possessed big delts. Wide cavicular structure, all right. Big shoulders, less so.
Though the tips aren’t bad at all. I usually try to involve the rear delts in laterals or Upright rows… Seems to work very well in making the side delts work all the harder for some reason, and easier on the shoulders than strict side raises or upright rows (in my case at least).[quote]
If your traps are getting more work than whatever muscle you’re intending to work, you (or whomever) should check your exercise technique, exercise choice, and overall program.[/quote]
I could agree with that.