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    slightly bent for dumbbells, and turning hand forward like "pouring a jug' at the top of the movement. keeping elbow a little higher as well
    That's almost perfect right? Anyone?





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    Go watch Larry Scott do them and learn



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    Yeah I bend slightly at the elbow.
    One exercise I can't do heavy. Never been over 15kg. Even that's heavy for me.
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    Vulnerable joint and a small muscle, perfect candidate for caution when training imo.

    I used to go heavy when I was too young to know better and I probably got more quad activation than delt. These days I'd concentrate on sets of 20 to 25.

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    It's just simple leverage, if you think about and place the arm straight then the resistance increases pretty dramatically over the ROM from extension to the contraction of the deltoid, so if there is 10 foot pounds of force at the beginning then as you get closer to horizontal the foot-pounds of force increases 300% pretty damn quick

    its a good exercise if you press a lot.
    if you start with your arm straight and bend the elbow as you raise the weight you can adjust the load so it remains consistent
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiffy View Post
    That's almost perfect right? Anyone?
    Apparently not according to Jeff...



    Most will say pinkies up can cause impingement of the shoulder but it can depend a lot on how high you go. A bit like upright rows, if you don't go past your arm being parallel with the ground or 90 to your body, you should be ok but it's also not fully contracting the side delt at that point.

    I like to have pretty much straight arms to maximize the torque. All the way up, back down half way then up and down again for 1 rep. Takes all the momentum out of it. No need to go heavy if you're properly isolating the side delt. It's not a large muscle in the scheme of things.

    And drop the shoulder right down when/before you start. Think of reaching under a fence. That will minimise the involvement of the traps.
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    Do overhead press instead.


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    I do variations of both, can go a bit heavier with your elbow slightly bent and going for the "pouring the jug" movement at the top but get more time under tension with a straight arm.
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