You should stop doing front raises to stimulate your anterior deltoids on your shoulder days.
In what could be considered a dangerous act of futility, doing front raises on top of a program that demands many pressing movements such as the Bench Press, Incline Bench, Overhead Press, and Dips, you could actually be harming your shoulders and creating muscular imbalances in the long run.
Your efforts could be put to better use in other areas instead of doing your front raises — even if your shoulders are a lagging body part.
Stop Doing Front Raises To Develop Anterior Deltoids on Shoulder Day
That’s right, you should consider avoiding front raises altogether.
Your anterior deltoids are small muscles that get ample activation through a variation of movements from presses, curls, back squats (by holding the bar into place), and many other movements.
I can guarantee that many — if not, all — of you have overdeveloped front deltoids vis-à-vis your rear deltoids.
A general rule of thumb to follow to avoid upper body muscular imbalances from creeping in is to perform twice as many pulling movements per each pushing movement.
In other words: row, row, row.
Or, alternatively, you can target your rear and side deltoids with slightly more volume.
Many of you will already include pressing movements on your shoulder day; instead of doing front raises, throw in some face pulls.
This will help you avoid developing debilitating muscular imbalances, impingements, and rotator cuff issues going forward.
Well built rear deltoids contribute enormously to the 3D cannonball look, add a significant amount of power to ALL your main movements — Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift — and help promote shoulder health going forward.