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That was the end of that workout, and the next day my shoulders were probably the

sorest they'd ever been in my life. Just the fact that they were sore was amazing to me,

as I'd always had a hard time getting them sore. I've since used this lesson in

formulating my thoughts on "high reps from different angles" for shoulders.

Other things have happened over the years that have steered me toward my current

shoulder training philosophies, much of which might be very different from what

you're accustomed to. Now remember, this is what worked for me, and I'm not saying

overhead presses or regular rep ranges are useless; I'm simply saying that sometimes

you have to be creative and resourceful to achieve your ultimate potential, which is

exactly what I had to do.

Let's first review my key concepts for shoulder training.

Rear/Posterior Delt Training

 Train your rear delts: My first bit of advice is to actually train rear delts.

Training your back isn't enough to develop really large rear delts unless you're

enormously gifted genetically. Developing the rear delts is of paramount

importance when you stand to the side: when fully developed, you get a thick,

3-D "look" that can set you apart from everyone else.

 Train rear delts with very high reps (most of the time): What I've found over

the years is that rear delts respond very well to high reps. Burning the life out

of them can be painful and test your willpower, but if you can do it, they'll

grow. Try the rep scheme below for one month and you'll see what I mean.

Four weeks typically look like this on a selected rear delt exercise (the exercise can

change week to week):

Week 1 – 4 sets of 35 reps

Week 2 – 4 sets of 20-25 reps

Week 3 – 4 sets of 12-15 reps

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