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    Straight arm vs. bent arm lateral raises...
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    I use bent arm for 2 reasons; you'll be stricter with your form, and you can go a little heavier. Keeping a 90 degree bend in your arm makes it easier to focus on raising your elbows without doing those retarded standing reverse fly/pec stretch things all the bro dudes do. I will mix it up though and swap in some straight arm raises every few weeks with a lesser weight.


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    I keep my arms slightly bent to reduce the stress on the elbow joint, unless I go light with high reps of above maybe 20, then I try to straighten the arm more and slow the morement down a lot more especially the negative...
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    I always used to do them with a slight natural bend in the arm. Similar to what you see when you let your arm hang loose.


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    Bent with dumbells, straight with cables.
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    What about the torso, do you bend them too to target the lower traps?
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    Always keep the arms slightly bent - the exercise should not be performed with totally straight arms.
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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


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    Myself and @spartacus are prolly 'ole school" but I remember good old Joe Weider peaching the benefits of straight arm laterals. Then research showed that it caused elbow damage.

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    If I'm right, slightly bent Arm hits the posterior deltoid more if you're forced to keep it retracted.


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