Tight Chest? Tight Front Delts? It's Time To Focus On This...

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So you have built good chest and front deltoid muscles from the bench press but are you over developed in this area now? Does your physique look great from the front and to the side, but when you turn right around is there anything missing? Sure is, don't forget you need to also train your rear deltoid muscles that help prevent injury, increase balance and keep your shoulders proportional within each head. If you rarely train you rear deltoids because you can't see them, then it is time to up the anti, prioritise them and start working them within your routines.

Rear Delts

When working your rear deltoid muscles it is important to make sure you keep your form correct so that you actively engage these muscles throughout each working rep. The trick is to keep your arms slightly bent at all times throughout the move to avoid working other muscles which aren't a priority. Often I will see the arm start off bent and then towards the end of the move it will be straight and then bent again. This ultimately works more of the triceps than it will the rear deltoid muscle head. Incorrect technique can lead to insufficient results that will leave you feeling demotivated and frustrated.

Rear Delt Exercise 1 

When it comes to your rear delts, one exercise for sure which is going to work them above anything else is using the cables. Standing rear delt flies are a perfect, isolation exercise which target them like no other exercise. This is because a strict movement like this is only working that one muscle, make sure you keep your arms bent and not straighten them out at the end of the movement.

Rear Delt Exercise 2 

On back day when you are hitting rows into your workout you will also be working the rear deltoid muscle. Seeing as you might have over developed your front muscles (chest, shoulders) why not include a few sets of heavy rows which will also work on those rear deltoid muscles. There is no harm in doing some extra repetitions on exercises like this to help correct form and work on those weaker areas.

Rear Delt Exericse Tip 3

Instead of starting every shoulder workout like the last, with heavy shoulder presses and then side raises which will leave you totally gassed for rear deltoids, mix it up a little. So the next time you perform a shoulder routine do it in reverse order and start with rear delt exercises when you are fresh and will be more likely to work harder.

Rear Delt Exercise 4 

Using the cable machine, attach a rope to it and have the pulley at head height. Take hold of the one hand at each end and pull this into your face, keeping the elbows high. It should look a lot like the picture below and will certainly work your rear deltoid muscles.

Summary

Including these exercises and really making an effort to work this muscle will generate a more balanced physique and can help reduce any injuries you might have from over training anterior facing muscles. Give this a go and see how you feel after 4 weeks of making rear deltoids a priority when training and I am sure you will see a difference in shape, size and muscular balance within this area.

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About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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