A lot of people just do military press for their shoulder workout before moving on to traps – big mistake. Yes, you can lift a lot of weight with military press compared to all the other shoulder exercises but that doesnt make these other exercises any less important. In fact, if you are having any shoulder problems or shoulder pain, its all these little exercises that can save your bacon from surgery.
Now lets talk about front raises, you might wonder how I could possibly spend more than 30 seconds on a simple exercise like this – right? WRONGGGG! Lots of people do these incorrectly for one main reason – they use too much weight. If you use too much weight you are forced to use dangerous form. I’m pretty strong and I only do front raises with 25 pounds. Yes, I could easily use 2-3X more weight if I used some of the horrible form. At the end of this video I’m going to show you some horrible form because I love making fun of bad form but lets start with GOOD form:
0) seated, alot tougher to cheat if seated
1) shoulders back, keep shoulders squeezed together during whole movement
2) slow so dont swing
3) torso motionless, no leaning forward then rocking torso – pin on shoulder. If have to move torso, too fast.
If you cant do them with this form then USE LESS WEIGHT! Choose a weight that lets you do between 6 and 15 reps depending on your experience level. Speaking of which, if you want to see how to incorporate these shoulder raises into a complete shoulder workout, please watch one of these videos or see my wesbite, theres a link in the description of this video.
Please see all my shoulder exercises on my website