Performing Dumbell Side Laterals Correctly

Gironda Window Bench

Dumbbell Side Laterals require great care, for toughest interaction on the middle of the deltoid tilting forward is necessary at the waist.

When the weights are raised arms semilocked one quarter of the way, the pinkie knuckle should be twisted toward the ceiling. Finish the raise and hold for the count of two, at shoulder parallel (stay slightly tilted forward).

The pioneer of this movement is the immortal ‘Iron Guru’ Vince Gironda.

The famous Vince Gironda Window Bench, an incline with a hole in the center at head level was especially developed to impede cheating. Side laterals were performed on it prone or face down (in hole) and prevented torso sway.

More effective than dumbbell side laterals are all forms of cable pulley work with one arm using the same raise procedures.

Gironda Window Bench

Gironda Window Bench

Gironda Window Bench

Gironda Window Bench

Gironda Window Bench

Gironda Window Bench

1 Comment
  1. I really like the apparatus that Larry Scott is using as it allows one to really focus on the delts and no support with other muscle groups. never see anything like it and I started training in the late 1960s as a teenager.

    Looking at it it could eaisly be build from 2 by 6’s or 2 by 8s and attached to a wrong/latter type device .

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