Common Training Errors: Side Delts

ELEVATING THE TRAPS:
Elevating/shrugging the trapezius muscles during side lateral raises will take tension away from the target muscle (lateral deltoids) and put the emphasis onto the traps, which is not effective when trying to develop the side deltoids. Depress the shoulders through out the movement to ensure this doesn't happen!

FRONT BELL HIGHER THAN THE BACK BELL:
Do not let the front bell of the dumbbell (thumb side) lift up higher than the back bell of the dumbbell (pinky side). This will shift the tension over to the front deltoids and will take the emphasis away from the side deltoids.

USING MOMENTUM:
Do not heave or swing the weight up. Always contract inch by inch to ensure continuous tension by always being in control of the weight you are using. When the weight controls you, this sets you up for injury. (There is a smart and effective way to use momentum to your advantage)

DO THIS TO HELP TARGET THE SIDE DELTOIDS:
- Round the shoulders forward
- Depress the shoulders down
- Think about reaching for the side walls, not the ceiling
- Think of your elbows as the concentration point, aka lead with the elbows and side deltoids, not the hands
- Lean torso slightly forward