MuscleTech-sponsored athlete and Team Bodybuilding member Abel Albonetti traveled from Texas recently to meet up with fellow MuscleTech athlete Santi Aragon for a workout at the beach—Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, that is. The occasion was a MeetUp for MuscleTech at The Warehouse Gym located on the shores of the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates.
After a quick warm-up on the rowing machine and a few pull-ups in the sunny, breezy 80-degree weather, the duo headed into the gym for one intense shoulder workout.
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Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Albonetti and Aragon go heavy in this workout. If you want to do the same, follow their lead and get someone to spot for you. In addition to giving you moral support, your spotter can help you grind out those last few reps.
Is using momentum cheating? Sometimes when your goal is to challenge your muscles by using weights that are a little beyond your range, using momentum can help you get the weight up into position so you can train harder on the eccentric (lowering) portion of the exercise.
Front Cable Raise
Use both hands and a straight-bar cable attachment for this variation. Try to keep your torso stationary (no swinging) as you lift the bar with a slight bend in your elbows. Your palms should be facing down. Exhale as you raise the bar until your arms are slightly above parallel to the floor. Pause for a second at the top, and then lower the bar to the starting position.
Upright Cable Row
Move directly to the upright row without a rest. Use your elbows to drive the motion—keeping them higher than your forearms as you lift should do the trick. Keep raising the bar until it nearly touches your chin. The bar should remain close to your body as you move it up.
Standing Low-Pulley Deltoid Raise
Albonetti does a variation of this exercise by grabbing a vertical support on the cable machine and leaning out to get a longer range of movement. As you work each shoulder, feel the contraction at the top for a second, then slowly inhale as you lower the handle back down to the original starting position.