Professor X wrote:
What exactly is your definition of “complete shoulder development”? Post picturtes of these DC guys who never do lateral raises but have HUGE lateral delts that match those of high level bodybuilders.
From the few DC articles I read I believed they shunned lateral raises because of the relatively limited potential to increase the load (at least compared to overhead pressing).
Professor X wrote:
Further, this isn’t about what other people do. Why in the world would someone who wants complete shoulder development AVOID training lateral delts directly?
Because I was under the impression the DC guys achieved their level of shoulder development without lateral raises. So the question revolved around if it was necessary to do so.
Now I find out they do lateral raises, so that pretty much answers my question.
Just because I always feel compelled to correct things about DC on this site…
Nothing is flat out avoided. You choose the lifts that YOU need to do, if heavy laterals 15-20RP really blow up your shoulders and are a key movement for you keep them in your plan. Someone who did
- Seated BTN Smith Press(top of ears) 15-20RP
- Dumbbell Overhead Press 20-30RP
- Slightly Cheated Laterals 15-20RP
along with their heavy chest work… barbell inclines and the like, and heavy pulls like rack deads and t bars… that guy will have zero holes in his shoulder muscularity unless he’s hit the genetic crap shoot.
Some guys can get huge round delts with overhead presses alone, some guys get huge round delts doing 3 sets of laterals. Some guys have terrible delts and they do every exercise in the book properly. If you need to do them… do them. In a DC context I like a wide grip upright row more than a lateral raise with long term progression in mind but people can do whatever they want if they feel strongly about it.