Two Delt-Building Workouts for Stage-Ready Shoulders
One of the first things you notice about IFBB Pro League athlete Eren Legend is the phrase tattooed on his chest: "Lost in the world."
"I got that tattoo when I was lost, obviously, "says Legend, 28." But I have not had to find my purpose. "
Soon afterward, he's in the middle of a physique contest, and now he's an IFBB Pro League competitor in the men's physique division and one of the most sought after staff trainers in the Toronto area.
This "awakening," as he calls it, has become a dangerous and stressful place to work on. His shoulder training is one such example.
"The funny thing is that I've always had strong shoulders, but they just would not grow," he says. "I was more recognized for my chest and abs. I needed to approach them in an innovative way in order to improve them. "
You can see the benefits of his labs in the workout that follows. Legend likes to tweak tried-and-true movements in ways that stress and stimulate the muscle to strengthen and grow in novel ways.
His goal is rounded, full delts. For men's physique competitors, the dramatic shoulder-to-waist ratio is crucial in performing well in the category. Over his career, Legend has always put a premium on symmetry and balance, while never sacrificing functional strength and agility.
Legend's cerebral take on muscle building has made him an in-demand trainer. In fact, he's had to take time off competing this year to train a few celebrities in town for a production (the details of which he can not divulge). But he plans to come back next year, starting with the Arnold Sports Festival.
"I want to make the Arnold the first of three competitions I do next year," Legend says. I plan on literally eating as much as I can. I'll be ready. "
Lost no more, Legend just knows the path he wants his career to take. With a name that's both a promise and a source of intense pressure, this rising star is well on his way to establishing his place at the top of his profession, to become a legend in more than name. "Do not forget where you came from," he says.
Creating Dramatic Caps
IFBB Pro League star and in-demand trainer Eren Legend created the following list of unique movements to help you build your best ever. These exercises use numerous angles for balance and symmetry-they are meant to complement.
Putting It All Together
You can mix and match a variety of to do these exercises, to start with an upright-row movement. Choose from one of two series below.