Working your shoulders is very important. Shoulder injury's are common, and can be avoided by working the shoulders with certain exercises and proper form.
The Rotator Cuff is a part of the shoulder that many people have trouble with. Our rotator cuff is what helps us with circular motion. There are exercises that can help prevent an injury there, and are the same exercises that you would get from a physical therapist if you had a rotator cuff injury.
These exercises are done with small weight like 2 to 5 pound dumbbells, or bands. You want to perform these exercises slowly and with focus. These are examples of some rotator cuff exercises.
To strengthen the whole shoulder area here are exercises to achieve that goal.
Overhead Shoulder Press:
Side lateral raises:
Rear delt raises:
These exercises will help tone, define, and strengthen your shoulders. Never use too heavy of weight for your shoulders to avoid injury. Choose weight that you can do twelve to fifteen repetitions and feel a slight burn during the last five to six reps. Begin with three to eight pound dumbbells for most shoulder exercises.
So when you are working out, don't forget to work your shoulders....they are a very important part of your body that needs attention too!
- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.