Then, with straight arms, bring the plates up to shoulder height, forming a T. Avoid swinging your arms during this exercise and contract your core to keep the weights stabilized. With a slight bend in your elbows, raise the dumbbells up until your elbows reach shoulder height. At the top of the movement, most people tend to have the thumb-side of the dumbbell tilted too high and their wrist higher than their elbow.

I want a straight arm and a nice slow negative on the way down. Building defined shoulders will take time and require proper recovery and supplementation for your muscles. Allowing for rest provides your shoulder muscles to heal and grow.

To help you further assess you rear delts, use the rear double biceps pose. Your wrist, elbow, and shoulder should all be level at the top and the pointed part of your elbow should be pointing straight backward. So, implement those as needed, keep practising, and gradually do this with more load.

On an exhale, open your arms out to a T, pulling the two sides of the band away from one another. Bring your elbows back down, rotating your palms back to face you, returning to the starting position. Hold two small weight plates (try 2.5 to 5 pounds), hanging straight down toward the ground on the sides of the bench.

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