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Old 04-15-2014, 09:54 PM   #1
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I am curious what people's preferences are for doing lateral raises. I used to do them with straight arms but that has started to give me shoulder pain in my left shoulder on the eccentric portion of the lift. So today I started doing them with bent arms and I wondered what the MAB community would think of this.

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If I were doing them I would use a slight bend in the elbow since there is no real point in being locked out. Sometimes people bend a lot (90 degree or so) because they can use more weight, but that's pointless too.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:39 AM   #3
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Whenever I do lateral raises, I make sure i have a slight bend in the elbow and at the top of the motion my palms are face downward and pinkie is higher than thumb. I see a lot of people doing lateral raises with their palms facing forward which causes you to use your traps more and puts stress on your rotator cuff.
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I keep a very slight bend in the elbow. Most people go way too heavy and use crappy form to accommodate the heavy weight they want to use so they don't look weak. I don't use may lateral raise to show off. I keep my arms almost straight and never use more than 30lb dumbbells at the most. I also find it works very well to bend over slightly and arch my back. The arch keeps me from flinging up the weight with momentum and bending over slightly helps keep the pressure in the right places and helps eliminate pain.
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Slight bend here. My shoulders don't feel comfortable with arms locked.
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I do my lateral raises seated with back support.

Hold DBs in your hands.

Shrug shoulders up then push them back and down and hold them against the back support.

Now, perform the lateral raise, palms down, thumbs slightly forward, a slight bend in the elbow.

This has worked wonders for me and I have never did more than 25#. In fact, I built my shoulder cap with 15# and 20# lateral raises after I messed up my shoulder.

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Whenever I do lateral raises, I make sure i have a slight bend in the elbow and at the top of the motion my palms are face downward and pinkie is higher than thumb. I see a lot of people doing lateral raises with their palms facing forward which causes you to use your traps more and puts stress on your rotator cuff.
This is actually a good variation doing lateral raises with the palms forward and thumbs facing up . When I had some problems with my rotator cuff (slight tears in the subscapularis and teres minor) this method was actually recommended and really helped to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Also. it places less stress on the elbow joint, allowing you to keep the arms straight. Bent over laterals/rear delt raises with the thumbs facing up also is a great variation.
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Thank for the input everyone. Super helpful information here.
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The most helpful tip I've heard is to imagine you're pouring a pitcher of beer/water at the top of the movement. Keeps your pinkies higher than you thumbs.
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I use a bent elbow with a " pinkies up " palm orientation..... I learned to do the movement this way.... read an article by Larry Scott, many years ago, that said this was the way to go and decided not to question a guy with awesome arms.....

I tried straight arm laterals and they hurt my shoulders.
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