Saturday, 10 December 2011

Rear Delt Raise - Exercise Explained Video Series


        Series of videos explaining how to perform bodybuilding exercises. In part 8 we are going to explain the rear delt raise. The rear delt raise is an isolation exercise that heavily works the posterior deltoid muscle. When most people train their shoulders they include plenty of exercises for their front and side delts but they often neglect the rear delts.
         Well developed rear delts will help to keep your shoulders balanced and help to prevent a lot of shoulder injuries and rotator cuff problems. Very often the front delts are strong from lots of pressing movements (bench presses, overhead presses, etc.) so they over power the rear delts.

        To execute the rear delt raise stand with your feet about hip width apart with your knees slightly bent. Then bend forward to about a 45 degree angle while keeping your back straight and maintaining the natural arch of your back. Also keep your head in a neutral position ( not looking up or down.) Allow the arms to hang with a slight bend in the elbows, then keeping the torso stationary, lift the dumbells straight to the side until both arms are parallel to the floor. After a one second contraction at the top of the movement, slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.

In these videos heavy weights will not be used as the emphasis is on explaination and correct form

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