Exercise Plateau

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    Mar 21, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    Just a quick question: What do you guys do when you reach a plateau with a particular exercise in your workout?

    Despite making strength gains in the rest of my routine, I have not been able to increase the weight with my lateral dumbbell raise in 4 weeks. Should I stop doing the exercise altogether? Or should I just increase the weight at the expense of maintaining good form?

    Any suggestions?
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    Mar 22, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    yeah I switch everything I'm doing to shock my body.
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    Mar 22, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidyeah I switch everything I'm doing to shock my body.


    like watching straight porn ?
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    Mar 22, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    xassantex said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidyeah I switch everything I'm doing to shock my body.


    like watching straight porn ?




    icon_cool.gif yes.

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    Mar 22, 2010 7:21 AM GMT

    Don't worry about this! There are three key principles here. First, never compromise form. If you do you will not get the result you want and you run the risk of injury. Secondly, change your shoulder exercise: stop doing a lateral raise and move to doing a shoulder press. But do it as a strengthening exercise, that is 4 to 6 reps and got to failure with each set. Don't forget to leave 48 hours between the resistance exercises. Thirdly, go on doing other functional exercise for your upper body such as chest press and push ups,both of which also work the deltoid muscles.

    You will find you can get back to a lateral raise with a higher wait after about 4 weeks.
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    Mar 22, 2010 7:52 AM GMT
    Johnwinslow said
    Don't worry about this! There are three key principles here. First, never compromise form. If you do you will not get the result you want and you run the risk of injury. Secondly, change your shoulder exercise: stop doing a lateral raise and move to doing a shoulder press. But do it as a strengthening exercise, that is 4 to 6 reps and got to failure with each set. Don't forget to leave 48 hours between the resistance exercises. Thirdly, go on doing other functional exercise for your upper body such as chest press and push ups,both of which also work the deltoid muscles.

    You will find you can get back to a lateral raise with a higher wait after about 4 weeks.


    This... donĀ“t lift heavier than you can lift well, attack from a different angle (change the exercise).
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    Mar 23, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I decided to drop the lateral raise from my routine altogether for now. I don't think I'm getting any benefit from it right now.
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    Mar 23, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    Change your routine. That's all it takes. Email me if you want to discuss specifics.