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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

You are correct, in that the pike and handstand pushups will not involve the rear deltoids to the extent that the front and medial heads are utilized. If you do get overdeveloped, the anterior ...
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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

JohnP is correct that the posterior deltoid is not really used in those exercises. I would add that most upper body exercises (bodyweight or not) tend to overuse shoulder internal rotators vs external ...
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Training rear delts

The big problem that most people have is that the rear deltoids are relatively weak, and it doesn't take a lot of weight to stress them (Especially since they are usually undertrained in comparison to ...
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How to train pectorals with shoulder injury?

Unfortunately, you really can't do much with the pecs without involving the anterior deltoid. The anterior delt works with transverse flexion (Any kind of movement bringing the upper arm from the side ...
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Training rear delts

Yes, training the rear delts can be a pain and take awhile to develop. I've used several exercises to develop my rear delts over the years. Instead of typing it all out, follow this link on ...
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How to do standing military press without damaging back?

It may sound unnatural, but squeeze your glutes (butt cheeks) as hard as you can during the lift. It will prevent your back from bending. Stronglifts explains it very well. The section "Common Pains" ...
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Lateral Deltoids (Shoulders) Hypertrophy: Any meta studies?

The general consensus is that most muscles work pretty much the same Every set of work which brings you near muscular failure is more valuable than a set of 80 reps but maybe you could've done easily ...
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High pull as a mass builder

Even if you don't care about explosive power, large compound lifts recruit and build a lot of muscle mass. You should use them to build a solid base and then build off that. However, I can't say I've ...
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What could be causing the pain in my shoulder during chest presses and pull-downs?

Several years ago I began feeling a sharp pain in my left shoulder (behind my deltoid muscle, near the joint) during chest exercises. At first the pain was minor so I kept with my normal ...
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Pain in Right Deltoid With Certain Exercise

You really should get checked out by a medical professional to make sure you don't have something seriously wrong that you can't work through. Since it's your shoulders, I would imagine the odds are ...
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Rotator Cuff Muscles Categorization

The rotator cuff muscles are shoulder muscles, in terms of functionality. However in that video, Jeff was talking about muscle hypertrophy for appearance rather than function, and so included the ...
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How to minimize upper trap activation on facepull?

If you don't want to use your traps during a face pull you have to stop pulling together your shoulders and if you do that then it's no more a face pull. The face pull has many variations, but all ...
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Angle for reverse dumbbell flyes

Most times, when you ask yourself "what's the best [some detail] to perform [some exercise] with?", the answer is usually none. You should be aiming for variety. Try flat, try a little bit of incline, ...
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External rotation exercises, when is it enough?

You’re actually “pre-habing” correctly – by strengthening your scapular retractors. Since you're also hitting both secondary and primary (to a lesser degree) external rotators, isolation strengthening ...
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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

Edited: Yes handstand push ups are very good for shoulders, but not for the posterior deltoid. If you looking for some body-weight (Calisthenics) exercises for shoulders Here is our video tutorial ...
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