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is this true?

Postby kp1512 on Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:37 pm

overheard PT any my DL telling a client on shoulder DB presses that if you push your arms further back when the dumbells are in the start position it calls into play the side delts more? so in effect he was saying to pin back the arms and then start the movemement

any truth to this?
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Re: is this true?

Postby Rab on Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:25 pm

I suppose you could think of it as a question of whether you think behind the neck smith press hits side delts more..as its really the same arm position isnt it. Im not sure.

I suspect it might feel like they are doing more...like wide grip making it feel like your lats are doing more..the reason being it puts your biceps in an anatomically weaker position
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Re: is this true?

Postby Dtlv74 on Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:30 pm

i think it probably does move some of the stress to the meidal delts more... but it feels to me like it also puts a bit of an uncomfortable stress on the rotator cuffs. Could be wrong but that's how it feels to me.
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Re: is this true?

Postby Alex on Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:22 pm

I would say stick with whats comfortable and that seat angle will have a greater influence on head activation.
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Re: is this true?

Postby simon m on Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:33 pm

Alex wrote:I would say stick with whats comfortable and that seat angle will have a greater influence on head activation.

I go with what's comfortable as shoulders can so easily be damaged.
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Re: is this true?

Postby kp1512 on Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:10 pm

^^^ thats exactly what I thought. Im thinking - if you pin the shoulders back intentionally and you have, for example long arms or even weak shoulders, you are in trouble anyway. very wierd advice.
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Re: is this true?

Postby health4ni on Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:13 pm

I think DB shoulder presses should be done with your own natural arm/shoulder position; the one that feels most comfortable to you. At the end of the day it's about lifting a weight above your head.

I do like switching between palms facing (hammer / semi-supinated) and the standard pronated positions.
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