PES International Marketing Director and Sponsored Athlete.
Believe it or not, my bench press strength was hit harder by my bicep injury than my pulling strength was. Due to some discomfort upon pronation and supination (rotation of the forearm) I couldn't do barbell pressing for a long time without quite a lot of pain. Likewise, I didn't want to do heavy dumbbell presses because I feared about stress on my bicep tendon when getting the dumbbells in and out of position. Therefore I relied on different chest machine variations. Thankfully now I am pressing again without any issues so it is time to get my bench press back to some respectable numbers. www.instagram.com/bdccarpenter5 months ago
New lateral raise machine at Ep Gym is one that I found a love for after my bicep surgery. The load is against the elbows rather than held in your hands. When people hold dumbbells for lateral raises they often have a tendency to make the exercise easier by shortening the lever and bending the elbows. This machine eliminates that possibility. To demonstrate the difference here are the exercises in order, showing how I use the machine and what the traditional versions look like; 1) Conventional lateral raise machine use. Lateral raises (medial deltoid focus) 2) Unconventional lateral raise machine use. Bent over lateral raises (posterior deltoid focus) 3) Standing dumbbell lateral raises 4) Machine rear delt flyes 5) Bent over dumbbell lateral raises Nice machine for some variation. Humbling to people whose lateral raises use a lot of erratic momentum. www.instagram.com/bdccarpenter8 months ago
Quick tricep pushdown tips; 1) I like leaning forward slightly to help make sure my elbows moves from full flexion to extension. A lot of people only come a fraction of the way up. 2) Keep your elbows by your side rather than doing a hybrid of a straight arm pulldown and a tricep extension. 3) Pick the cable with the best lighting because everyone knows good gym lighting is anabolic. www.instagram.com/bdccarpenter9 months ago
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