The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body; but unfortunately, this mobility comes at the cost of less stability – and makes the joint suceptable to injury.
Not a day goes by where I don’t see a client with some sort of shoulder issue – so chances are folks reading this post could very well have some problems with their shoulders as well.
Two easy things you can do to take a preventive approach to shoulder injury during exercise are:
1. Warm up
2. Strengthen the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder
Here’s a quick and simple three minute shoulder warm up that does a bit of both of these things:
- Use an inclined bench set at about a 45 degree angle. Grab a very light pair of plates or dumbells – two and a half, maybe five pounds at the most.
- Make three different positions with the arms – a ‘Y’, ‘T’, and ‘W’. Perform all three of those movements for eight repetitions each.
- Last thing is to hold those plates at a roughly 90 degree angle. You are going to rotate out, up, forward, back and to the sides. Do this 10 times.
Try incorporating this simple shoulder warm up before your next workout for less pain and increased health in those aching shoulders!
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