My focus is on rear deltoid training today! I love training rear delts to round out the shoulders and give them the detail and fullness we all love (well at least I do)! When most people train their shoulders, they usually include plenty of exercises for the front deltoids, side deltoids, and the trapezius muscles. But the rear deltoids are most often neglected. It is important to really focus on the muscle you are working, feel the contraction to avoid improper form and compensation with other muscle groups. Keeping your shoulders balanced will help prevent shoulder injuries. Having unbalanced shoulders or weak rear delts is commonly related to the rotator cuff problems.
I incorporate at least two to three exercises of rear deltoid training with my regular shoulder workout and sometimes add in two exercises on back day.
Here is my routine today:
• Facing the peck deck machine, place arms straight and pull arms straight out to the side, keeping arms straight and contracting rear delts
• Keep chest up
• Keep movement slow and controlled, keeping elbows up parallel to shoulder joint
• Keep elbows high
• Chest up and back straight
• Pull arms back to 90-degree bend in elbow, contracting rear delts
• Slowly extend forward
Single-Arm Cable Extensions
4 sets/12-15 reps
• Standing with arm extended in front of you, hold cable parallel to shoulder level
• Keep arm straight and extend arm straight out to the side, contracting rear delt
• Complete entire set with one arm, then switch to other arm
• No rest period in between alternating arms