I’ve outlined why stretch-position exercises, like flyes for chest and overhead extensions for triceps, have unique hypertrophy qualities.
However, there’s no question that those moves put the joints in a more precarious position…
For example, overhead triceps extensions have your arms up next to your head. That’s somewhat uncomfortable…
Plus, your arms are in the same position as an overhead press, which has been shown to cause shoulder impingement…
However, with the overhead extension your upper arm is stationary—not grinding up and down as in a press. Even so, it can still present a small impingement risk…
My solution is to do the overhead extensions on a slight angle—a high-incline bench…
That’s more comfortable and relieves a lot of the pressure from the shoulder joints.
And remember that at most workouts you should use this exercise as a followup to the ideal triceps move, which in my limited gym is a dumbbell decline triceps extension.
I discuss other ideal alternatives in the new ebook, but for now, without a cable setup, that’s my best choice.
I also lay out the research showing that stretch moves, like the dumbbell incline overhead extension pictured above, can add layers of new mass via unique fiber activation and development.
It has helped beef up my triceps. I’ve definitely noticed more sweep…
Still, if a stretch-position exercise is uncomfortable to a joint or you have it stuck in your mind that it’s dangerous, don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.
Mr. America and 2019 Drug-Free Mr. Universe Doug Brignole does not use a stretch move for his tri’s. He relies completely on multiple sets of dumbbell decline extensions or one of the ideal cable moves.
So can more volume on the ideal exercise make up for not using stretch-position moves? More on that in a future newsletter.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
Former Editor in Chief, Iron Man Magazine
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