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I never realized how important lateral raises were to everyday life until I started working in a packaging plant, stacking boxes on skids for Hostess Frito-Lay. You see, summer students were charged with stacking or skidding, as we called it, up to 60 boxes on a skid. As you can probably guess, this entailed a whole lot of overhead lifting and my arms definitely suffered the ramifications.
If I'd known at the time that lateral exercises worked the lateral deltoids (the muscles on the side of your shoulders) that help you to lift objects overhead, push or pull heavy objects and protect your shoulder muscles and joints from injuries I'd have been doing them to prepare myself for the summer of hell.
A lat machine is just one way to strengthen those lateral muscles. Many choose to include lat machines among their home gym equipment for doing exercises such as lat pulls and rows that you can't perform effectively without a pulley machine.
Lat machines and other lateral exercises such as lat raises with free weights will help to pre-train your shoulders for weight-bearing chores and sports and dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
To perform lat pull downs on a lat machine:
- Sit facing the pulley with your legs resting under the machine's pad and with feet flat on the floor.
- Grip the handle with each hand (a little more than shoulder width apart).
- Exhale as you bring the bar down to the middle of your collar bone so that your arms are at 90-degree angles.
- Inhale as you return the bar to its original position.
- Try and remember to keep the tension on the weight so that your muscles stay flexed during your entire set.
Another of my favorite exercises for the sides of your shoulders is lateral raises all you'll require is a set of dumbbells. To perform:
- Stand upright (with feet shoulder width apart). Hold a dumbbell in each hand and rest your arms at your sides with your elbows loose.
- Bring both dumbbells up s...