Old School Shoulder Smash

Dennis James & Toney Freeman talk shop on building round, capped delts


FLEX: Dennis, has your shoulder training changed now that you’re no longer competing?

Dennis James: Yeah, I don’t really train like I used to. I’m traveling a lot more and these days when I travel I don’t train. When I was competing I always found time and a place to train if I was on the road. Today, if I fly out of Phoenix on a Thursday and come home on a Sunday, that means I’m in the gym Monday through Wednesday. I haven’t been training legs at all since December. Trying to finally fit back into some pants!

FLEX: Dennis trains rear delts with shoulders sometimes. How about you, Toney?

Toney Freeman: I do rear delts with back.

FLEX: Has your shoulder training changed over the course of your careers?

Dennis James: I kept my shoulder training the same throughout my career. Again, I was lucky that I never had to work around a shoulder injury. One thing I’ve always done is rotate the exercises I use from an arsenal of movements I draw upon. So if I was starting my delt workout with military presses one week, the next I might be starting it with seated dumbbell presses or seated Smith machine presses.

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