One of the purposes of muscle Monday is for me to learn the muscles of my body. Health and fitness has become such a huge part of my life, so it's only right that I study and learn it like I should. Every fourth workout of the week is deltoid day, and it is one of my favorite days!
I have grown to be quite fond of my different lateral raises. And, I can't wait for the day that I work my way past the 2.5 and 5 pound weights! I used to be embarrassed by only being able to use the 2.5 pound weights for my rear delt flys...but then I reminded myself that we all start somewhere. I cannot compare myself to someone who has been lifting weights for years. I will get to there. And, that is why I do not mind blogging about where I am at in my fitness journey. One of these days I will become better, and my will it be nice to look back and remember when I used to use the 2.5 pound weight for my rear delt flys.
"The deltoid muscle is a rounded, triangular muscle located on the uppermost part of the arm and the top of the shoulder. it is named after the Greek letter delta, which is shaped like an equilateral triangle. The deltoid is attached by tendons to the skeleton at the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone)." [Source: Inner Body]
The deltoid is made up of three parts - anterior, medial and posterior. The function of the anterior deltoid is the bending movement. Think of the movements of the clean and jerk in weightlifting, or holding something in front of you, like in archery. The function of the medial deltoid is the abduction of the shoulder, and is most important in swimming. Then the function of the posterior deltoid is in extending the muscle. This movement is used in rowing.
Below you will find my current list of exercises for my delt day. However, here in the near future I am going to be updating my workout regiment and will include alternative exercises.
I went to one of my favorite bookstores in town and bought a few books on anatomy, muscles and bodybuilding. So far, my two favorite of these books is Anatomy & Bodybuilding, A Complete Visual Guide and The Men's Health Little Book of Exercises. I think I paid around $8 for both books and they are equally as great. They both go into detail of different muscle groups, and what exercises fit in each category. But the great thing is they also list variations of each exercises, which is amazing for a beginner to intermediate like myself.
What are your favorite deltoid exercises? I'd love to know!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!