Starting out the new week, I decided today was going to be a deltoid-focused session.
Being possibly the most important muscle-grouping of what I consider “The Impressive Areas Circa 2018,” I wanted to prioritize the complete shoulder complex.
I usually have a fairly decent idea as to what I want to accomplish in the gym several days out, and there were three main thoughts that kept recurring as this session grew closer.
First, my thoughts were fixated on what exercises seemed to give me the best results in building the complete shoulder girdle. What movements were going to give me the most bang for my buck?
Secondly, I have been dealing with a dueling bout of recent lower left-trap strain & right medial deltoid strain.—–most likely connected and progressive tendonitis.—my day job + a little overzealous training. 😀
Thirdly, and lastly, I have been more and more moving into the opinion that the deltoids, being comparatively small, complex individual muscles (working in unison), with a whole lot a varied function, might be served better with not so much an approach of focusing on purely heavy work, as in overhead presses, military presses, or push presses.
I can’t tell you how many videos I see with trainees struggling, pressing weight that actually is beyond their scope. The bar stagnates, the form breaks, basically we are talking about a standing incline bench when it’s said and done. lol
Anyway, this is getting a bit long-winded, so here is this early morning’s session:
Wall Handstand Push-ups (I can’t recollect when I last did these, probably 2010,11. I went for the GVT effect 7 sets of 10.)
Neutral Grip D. Press (20 rep sets.)
Javelin Presses (these isolate and turn your boyish delts into men. 😀 )
Lateral Raises (with what I call The Fonzie-Grip.)
Dumbbell High Pulls.
External Rotations. (prehab/ rehab.)