With great Delts, Chest, Abs and Arms you may think your physique is complete, but its the "finishing touches" and minor details that will take a good physique to another level. An often neglected and very important muscle is the Serratus Anterior, shown here:
This is the area that ties in midsection to the lats and really sets a physique off, in my opinion. I incorporate a few sets twice per week to make sure I show the area some isolated attention to further its development. Here is a sample of a few sets I may do to hit the Serratus. Most of these exercises are alterations of similar exercises and must be done while focusing on the area you are targeting. You really have to "feel" these sets to get the maximum benefit....
Dumbbell Pullovers - I do these for the Serratus as well as the chest, however I tweak it slightly based on the muscle I am targeting. To hit the Serratus primarily, I flare my lats throughout the entire movement and dip my hips slightly to emphasize the stretch on the Serratus. When I pull the dumbbell back up I focus on pulling from outside and not inside to avoid incorporating too much chest. Do 3 sets x 15 reps and really focus on flaring the lats and feeling the movement.
Kneeling Rope Pulldows: I do these for the Serratus as well as the abdominals. To emphasize more Serratus, I pull the the rope downward and in. For abs I simply pull downward. Also, I make sure to again flare the lats the entire way through the movement. This will keep the Serratus tense and elicit better results. Do another 3 sets x 15 reps.
Start with those two changes to the commonly used exercises and let me know if you can feel the difference. Trust me a well developed Serratus will give you those "finger" like lines which will help really tie in the obliques and abdominals. Give it a shot! As always, thanks for reading!Ryan