It is extremely important to lay down a good foundation when you begin to work on your deltoids. This means that the last thing you need to worry about is the amount of weight that you're using. Always make sure that your form is excellent and that you're not using your whole body to initiate the exercise.
When using freeweights for your shoulders, there are several things you must keep in mind: your form, your posture, and the smoothness of your repetitions. What does that mean? First, do the weights go up and down easily on both sides or is one side much harder than the other? If the latter is the case, decrease the weight to match the weak side until you are able to move the same amount bilaterally or concentrate on the weaker side by using machines that move independently.
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