Wide is Wonderful

How To Build Massive Deltoids

How To Build Massive Deltoids

You can build a beautiful set of deltoids using nothing but dumbbells. In fact, deltoids thrive on dumbbells alone.

Vince Gironda & Steve Davis Lateral Raise for Shoulder Width

Vince Gironda & Steve Davis Lateral Raise for Shoulder Width

No matter what your shoulder width, deltoids cannot be over developed.

Advanced lateral raise instruction from the Steve Davis "New Breed" bodybuilding courses.

The Larry Scott Shoulder Press

The Larry Scott Shoulder Press was developed by Vince Gironda to bring up Larry Scott's lagging shoulders for the Mr. America Contest. The rest is history.

This press is a little like the Arnold press except that the starting position is more conservative and much easier on the lower back.

Larry Scott Shoulder Press

Start with Dumbbells resting on top of your shoulders, elbows in front of body keeping pinky fingers facing up at all times. Press Dumbbells starting from in front of your neck at the bottom to behind the neck at the top.

Press straight up from shoulder width. Do not bring dumbbells together clanging at top. Don't lock out elbows at top. This keeps Triceps from taking over the weight and relaxing the delts at the top.

Look up when dumbbells are at bottom and look down as dumbbells reach top to keep traps out of movement.

Larry uses the middle 3/5ths of the movement never totally extending the arms or lowering them again to the shoulder. This keeps constant tension on the delts. In most if not all exercises Larry advocates never letting tension off even if it means a reduction in the weight used.

The other fact when training with Larry is that you always, always, totally isolate the muscle being worked.

Heroic Broad Shoulders

Was there ever a hero who didn't have broad shoulders?

Remember that the shoulders are a three headed muscle. The front, side and rear deltoid heads are joined around the shoulder area to form a rounded, melonlike mass.

For full development, each head has to be trained individually with specific exercises.

Vince Gironda High Pull

One of Vinces favorite exercises for the side delt was a variation on the upright row. He called them "high pulls."

- Overhand grip on the bar about shoulder-width apart.

- At the "low position" the bar rests on the front of the thighs and the elbows are slightly bent.

- With the elbows pulled high the bar is raised to about the top of your head.

- At the raised position, the bar should be about 12 inches (30 cm) in front of the head.

You are here: Training Shoulders