Having and maintaining healthy shoulders is important for having a long career in the gym. One way to ensure your shoulders stay healthy is making sure that you’re including plenty of exercises that allow your scapula to move freely on your rib cage.
In today’s post CDSF coach Mike Sirani shows your four exercises to include in your training program if your shoulders tend to give you trouble with more traditional exercises or as assistance exercises for programs that have high volumes of bench pressing or overhead pressing.
1. Prone Horizontal Abduction with Upward Rotation- Trains your rotator cuff and shoulder blade to improve your ability to safely train overhead
2. Half-Kneeling Bottoms-Up KB Overhead Press with Wall Press- The half-kneeling position and wall press help you engage your core while the bottoms-up hold will challenge your rotator cuff and shoulder to stabilize while moving overhead.
3. Forearm Wall Slides with Roller- This is a great exercise to train your serratus anterior to improve your upward rotation and lengthen your lats.
4. Short Side Plank with Row- This exercise does a good job integrating ab and shoulder training.
Give these a try and let us know how they go!