Shoulder Exercises to Increase Strength
What’s the key to improving your strength level?
The answer is unequivocal - lifting heavy weight and doing so consistently!
But there’s one vital factor that you need to count on in order to do that effectively - healthy shoulders. Without them, our workouts are going to be filled with pain (and not of the good kind). And, unless you are able to extend your range of shoulder mobility, your ability to perform the big moves that bring the big strength gains is going to be severely compromised.
In this article, we focus in on the key shoulder mobility exercises that you need to be doing every week in order to enhance your shoulder military, ward of injury and those gains coming.
Testing Your Mobility
If you have got good shoulder joint mobility, you will be able to bring the shoulder joint to 180 degree flexibility. Here’s how to assess this ability:
- Stand against a wall and straighten out into a neutral spine position with your arms against your sides. Brace your core, breathe in and keep a neutral pelvis. Now breathe out as you bring your arms out to the side and up to the level of your ears. Now hold this position. If you are able to hold your arms at ear height, keeping them against the wall without your ribcage flaring out, then you have excellent shoulder mobility. If you can’t then you definitely need to work on your shoulder mobility.
Shoulder mobility is a critical, but often neglected, aspect of strength training. While it may seem like an unnecessary hassle to warm up with a few minutes of shoulder mobility movement before heading into the heavy weight moves, doing so is the smart way to go.
Get into the habit of performing two or three of the moves we’ve provided before every upper body session and you will reap the benefits of improved shoulder mobility and decreased deltoid pain. It will make you stronger now and less likely to have to undergo shoulder surgery in the decades to come.