Band Cross Body Lateral Raise
How to Do the Band Cross Body Lateral Raise - Side Delt Exercise | In-Depth Guide [VISUAL LEARNERS] Beginner
Proper Form, Common Mistakes, & Variations | Home Resistance Training
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE?
MUSCLES THIS WORKS
MAIN MUSCLES WORKED IN Band Cross Body Lateral Raises
WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY
ALL WE'RE DOING:
While in a leaned-away standing position, lift one arm away from your body out to your side, like a bird taking flight.
The Band Cross Body Lateral Raise is a highly effective exercise for sculpting and strengthening your shoulder muscles while enhancing your overall shoulder aesthetics.
Using a resistance band for the leaning lateral deltoid raise will allow you to challenge the deltoid muscle through a larger range of motion by keeping the muscle under tension longer. Because the arm movement will begin from an abducted position (hanging down away from the body), the supraspinatus will be less active and the middle deltoid will be more active – the supraspinatus contributes most from 0-60 degrees of abduction, after that the deltoid does most of the work.
HOW TO DO THE EXERCISE
HOW Band Cross Body Lateral Raises SHAPE OUR BODY
The exercise will tone and build the muscles of the top of the shoulder and the arm. It adds to that capped shoulder look.
When you train the shoulder muscles, it helps make the waist look smaller as well.
I personally love the capped shoulder look, so it’s something I have made a mainstay of my routine.
PROPER FORM: Band Cross Body Lateral Raises
EQUIPMENT, SETS & REPS
SUGGESTED STARTING WEIGHT FOR WOMEN:
SETS & REPS:
2 sets of 8 reps
BODY POSITION FOR THE Band Cross Body Lateral Raise
BAND: Anchor the band on the side opposite your working arm, few a inches below knee level and slightly in front of your body - so the band does not contract your body when you lift your arm out to the side.
FEET: Shoulder width apart, toes pointed forward.
BODY STANCE: Standing upright, keeping knees slightly bent, neutral spine (includes neck). Shoulder blades in and down your back.
HAND/GRIP: Neutral grip on band. Palm facing the anchor.
ARMS: Down at sides. Band taut in starting position. The band will be running from the anchor, across the front of your body a few inches, and to your hand of the working arm.
HOW TO DO
HOW TO DO Band Cross Body Lateral Raises
CUE: Think of stretching your arms out - pushing your hand away from your body as you lift up.
Lift your arm out to the side, away from your body. Continue lifting until your arm is in line with your shoulder - 90 degrees of shoulder abduction.
Pause at the top of the movement and slowly lower your arm down, making sure they don’t drop back down.
HOW TO SAFELY GET OUT OF THE EXERCISE
When your arm is on the side, release the band.
WHAT TO AVOID WITH Band Cross Body Lateral Raises
Guess what? Good news! Many avoids are the same for most movements. Once you learn the basics, there's really only a few extra avoids for each individual movement.
1. Avoid hands above shoulders
AVOID: Avoid hands above shoulders.
- This will not increase the work the muscles are doing
- This position can increase the risk for pinching the supraspinatus muscle (shoulder impingement).
- Lifting higher can promote low back extension (as compensation when the deltoid fatigues).
WHAT TO DO:
- Monitor height of hands, they should not be higher than the shoulders.
2. Avoid Bringing Shoulders Up Towards Ears
AVOID: Avoid hunching up shoulders.
- This will activate your upper traps (trapezius) and compress the vertebrae in your neck. Your upper trapezius is located on either side of your neck, where your bra straps would usually sit. These muscles can get too involved in LOTS of movements and lead to excessive muscle growth here that most of women don't really want, AND also cause tension in our shoulders and neck.
WHAT TO DO: Keep shoulders pressed down.
3. avoid hips dropping
AVOID: Avoid hips dropping or pushing out.
WHAT TO DO:
- Keep hips in alignment with the rest of the body.
- Think of your head to knees as one straight line tipped over in a diagonal line.
4. avoid Hips Rotating Back
AVOID: Avoid hips rotating.
WHAT TO DO:
- Keep both hip bones squared to the front of you.
5. Avoid Dislocating Supporting Shoulder Joint
AVOID: Avoid letting arm pull out of shoulder socket.
WHAT TO DO:
- Pull the shoulder blade into the spine to protect the shoulder joint.
6. avoid bending elbow
AVOID: Avoid letting the elbow bend.
- Bending the elbow when the hand gets close to the floor can cause you to start substituting using the triceps to initiate the lift instead of the supraspinatus and lateral deltoid.
WHAT TO DO:
- Only lower the arm down as far as you are able to without bending the elbow.
VARIATIONS OF Band Cross Body Lateral Raises
Angle Arms In
Angle Arms In
The arms do not need to be directly out to the side. Slightly angled in (about 30 degrees in) keeps the arm in the scapular plane (this just means the Same angle that our scapula is angled at as it lays on our body)- this is thought to be a more functional position than straight out to the side. Often straight out to the side can be uncomfortable.
WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY
WHAT & WHY
BENEFITS OF TRAINING THE lateral deltoid
We are hitting the side of our shoulder muscle today folks!
Main shoulder muscle = Deltoid.
Side portion of that muscle = Lateral Delt.
Why we're bothering to "hit" it in a minute.
The side lateral deltoid raise exercises focuses on working the middle (or lateral) portion of the deltoid and the supraspinatus (one muscle of the rotator cuff), with little input from the other parts of the deltoid muscle. There aren’t really a ton of exercises that target this muscle very well, so this is one of the really great core movements to use for training this muscle.
KEY TIP is to only raise the arms to shoulder height, no higher, to protect the health of your shoulders.
WHY BOTHER DOING IT?
WHY DO WE EVEN CARE?
The lateral delt, which remember is just a fancy word to say the side of your shoulder muscle, is used daily for activities that have to do with carrying items out to our sides or raising items out to our sides.
KEEP MUSCLES BALANCED IN RELATION TO EACH OTHER
All 3 parts of the shoulder muscle- the front, side, and back of the deltoid (which are called the anterior, lateral & posterior parts of the delt) work together to move and support the shoulder joint. It is important to include exercises that target each one of these portions of the muscle to keep all portions of the muscle balanced.
Many people only include exercises that work the front of the deltoid muscle, creating an imbalance that can pull the upper arm forward.
HELP RECTIFY IMBALANCE CAUSED BY DAILY MODERN LIFE
Another thing that can contribute to an imbalance is that much of our daily activities are done in front of our bodies, like working on a computer, writing, eating, driving, and reading. This can result in a rounded shoulder posture, and it can interfere with how the shoulder joint moves. Doing lateral raises will help to balance this out by increasing the strength of the side delt.
EFFECTIVE EXERCISE FOR THIS MUSCLE
Effective training for the lateral deltoid involves lifting your arm out to the side, away from the body. The lateral deltoid raise is exactly that. The exercise targets the lateral deltoid and supraspinatus by keeping the torso stable while lifting the arm out to the side. The addition of a weight serves two purposes, it pulls the arm down in the shoulder socket (the lateral deltoid and supraspinatus will work to hold the upper arm bone up in the socket), and it works the muscles as the arm is lifted up out to the side of the body.
A well-designed exercise program will include exercises that target each portion of the deltoid muscle. If one part of the deltoid is not strong enough, it can cause improper movement of the shoulder joint, which over time can cause damage.
EVERYDAY LIFE &
HOW WE USE OUR lateral deltoid MUSCLES IN EVERYDAY LIFE
1. LIFTING ARMS STRAIGHT OUT TO YOUR SIDES
This is called abduction & nope, it doesn't involve your arms being abducted by aliens, a good thing wheww. Think about how many movements we do throughout the week, I mean even throughout the DAY that involve our arms moving out to the sides or holding them out to the sides of us in some way, which is its main function:
- Washing, drying your hair
- Brushing teeth
- Pulling up socks or pants
- Carrying kids on your hip
- Lots of stuff with kids
2. STABILIZING YOUR SHOULDER JOINT
Pulls upward on our upper arm bone (humerus) against downward pulls. This helps ensure the bone stays in the right place on the body so the joint doesn't get damaged.
- Carrying heavy items down at your side like:
- Multiple bags of groceries anyone?
- Luggage (you should stop doing that and get one with rollers btw)
QUICK NOTE: The lateral deltoid is not actually it's own muscle - it's 1 part of a larger muscle (just "the deltoid") that has 3 main parts. I needed to clarify that or Carol the PT I work with will probably kill me. Just kidding, she's way too nice to do that.
HOW TO FEEL WHAT MUSCLE IS WORKING
How to Feel What Muscle is Working
Place your fingers of one hand on the top of the opposite shoulder. Lift the arm straight out to the side.
SPIFFILICIOUS FACTS ABOUT MUSCLES & MOVES
As we've discussed, the lateral deltoid muscle is what moves the arm away from the body out to the SIDE of you.
This is the movement that you would use to lift your arm out to put your arm into the sleeve of a coat, or lift and carry items out to the side, such as groceries, buckets, a suitcase, or carrying a child on your hip. The lateral deltoid works with the supraspinatus (one of the rotator cuff muscles) to perform this movement. Although the primary function of the lateral deltoid is to lift the arm out to the side, if you lift an object that is too heavy for another portion of the deltoid to lift (regardless of where the arm is) the lateral deltoid will assist the other portions of the deltoid.
The three portions of the deltoid muscle are all insert on the upper arm bone through one tendon. Anytime that one of the portions of the muscle is not strong enough to do its job, the other portions of the deltoid will help. If you use a heavy weight, The front of the delt (anterior) and posterior delt (rear) of the deltoid muscle are also active. The different portions of the deltoid can be targeted by changing the position of the arm relative to the body and also with rotation of the arm.
This lateral deltoid raise will also strengthen all of the rotator cuff muscles and the muscles that move the shoulder blade which contributes to good posture.
Another very important function of the lateral deltoid muscle is to hold the upper arm bone (humerus) in the socket of the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is a very unstable ball and socket joint. The role of the muscles that stabilize the joint is to hold the ball or head of the upper arm bone (humerus) centered in the socket when holding an object and with the movement of the arm. Gravity and the other rotator cuff muscles (all but the supraspinatus - teres minor, infraspinatus, and subscapularis) are positioned to move the head of the humerus down in the socket. The lateral deltoid (with assistance from the other portions - but it depends on exactly how the arm is being pulled down) contracts to hold the head of the upper arm bone (the humerus) up and centered in the socket. This is important for avoiding shoulder injuries of the rotator cuff muscles and preventing degenerative changes in the joint.
The way that these muscles act together to hold the ball in the socket is known as a force couple - the muscles each pulling in different directions to stabilize the joint. It is important that all portions of the deltoid and the rotator cuff are exercises in ways that will train the muscles to stabilize the joint.
ALLLL MUSCLES & WHEN
ALL MUSCLES WORKING & WHEN DURING THE Band Cross Body Lateral Raise
In the beginning, position, when the arm is hanging down, if the band is pulling the arm across the body, the supraspinatus and lateral deltoid will be activated to hold the position. The shoulder blades in and down the back - rhomboids, traps, lats, pectorals. The upward movement is with concentric contraction of the supraspinatus and lateral deltoid. The supraspinatus initiates the movement as the arm is lifted out to the side, the lateral deltoid will become more active as the arm moves up away from the side of the body. The anterior and posterior fibers can assist if the band is heavy.
The arm is lowered back down with eccentric contraction of the lateral deltoid and the supraspinatus.