Top 5 Tips To Bullet Proof Your Shoulders
1. Build Tension in Your Lats
Your lats, the biggest muscles in your back, are the most ignored muscle when it comes to the shoulder. It is thought that it is only a back muscle but it provides stability and protection to the shoulder. When doing shoulder exercises, activate your lats and keep your shoulders happy.
2. Prime Up Your Muscles
Most people do a warm up that just lubricates the joint. You need to activate and turn on all the muscles in the upper body so the smaller muscle groups in the shoulder can help protect the shoulder. Once you’ve done your mobilisers you should take a few minutes in planks of various types to load the shoulders and warm them up.
3. Technique, Technique, Technique
This is the number one reason why people injure their shoulders. You can’t go to the gym every day and work on your max lift. Your warm up sets are the perfect time to perfect your technique. Also get feedback from a training partner or a trainer.
4. Watch Out for Fatigue
Cooking your smaller muscles in your shoulder muscles can lead to a shoulder injury. If you do a lot or very heavy exercises that target the rotator cuff, the rotator cuff may not be able to do its job throughout the day, which increases the risk of shoulder injury and pain.
5. Work on Your Shoulder Blade Muscles
Many strength coaches will say you are wasting your time on this but if you want to have a bullet proof shoulder, you need to work on them. A good Pilates class will focus on these just as much as any other muscle group – posture is a key factor in this kind of training.
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