Not all men are created equal. Some are born with genetics that makes training a cinch, while others need to work a little harder in the gym to make even the slightest of gains. As we progress and get to know our bodies, we begin to discover our strong and weak muscle groups.
If your shoulders, or deltoids, are part of the latter group, it can be a pretty frustrating task to try and bring them up. Here are some reasons as to why your shoulders aren’t growing despite all your hard work.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN SHOULDERS AREN’T GROWING DESPITE ALL YOUR TRAINING?
1. LACK OF VARIATION
Our shoulders are more or less made up of equal parts fast and slow twitch muscle fibres. What this means is they best respond to both explosive low rep movements as well as high rep training. If you’re not incorporating a variety of both of these training techniques, you will have a much harder time getting your shoulders to grow.
2. MINIMAL READ DELT STIMULATION
The muscle group of the deltoid muscle is separated into three parts; front, middle and rear deltoid. A majority of young bodybuilders begin their shoulder training with a pressing movement and then follow with various lateral movements.
This gives maximum stimulation to the front and side deltoids but leaves very little energy for an effective rear deltoid workout. This often results in underdeveloped rear delts, which, in turn, cause the shoulders to look narrow from the side.
An easy fix to this solution is to begin your shoulder workout with two rear delt movements back to back, then move on to the front and side delts.
3. IMPROPER NUTRITION
Even if you’re training is perfect and you’ve mastered your technique, if you’re not feeding your muscles the nutrients they need to grow and repair, you’re making things a lot more difficult for yourself. Proper meal preparation is essential to see that hard work in the gym turn into the gains you desire.
Take the time, and do it right!