5 More Arnold Training Tips
While Arnold used anything and everything he could in his quest for muscle, he most often preferred basic free weights performed with solid form. Here are 5 classic Arnold moves you’ve got to be doing!
Bent-Over Lateral Raise
When training shoulders, many people focus mainly on the front and side heads of the deltoid muscles and neglect their rear delts. That’s a habit worth breaking, as paying attention to your rear delts will not only prevent imbalance injuries but will also fill out your back resulting in a thick, muscular appearance.
One of Arnold’s favourite exercises for the rear deltoids was the bent-over lateral raise. To begin the movement, hold a dumbbell in each hand and bend forward about 30 degrees. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly. Keeping your elbows locked in a slightly bent position, raise the dumbbells to about shoulder height and then return them to the starting position. It’s critical that you keep your body bent at a 30-degree angle. If you raise your torso during the rep, you’ll add momentum to the movement and you’ll work more of the side delt than the rear. As with all exercises, Arnold has always stressed that proper form is the key. So hit them hard but hit them properly!