While the showoff muscles get all the attention, they'd be nothing without the supporting cast of smaller stabilizers and assisting muscles. Ignore them, and you'll eventually pay the price. The cost? Injury. Missed workouts. Painful runs. An unbalanced bod.
Deltoids the size of bowling balls won't do you much good if you tear your rotator cuff, which is a group of four muscles that literally form a “cuff” to stabilize the shoulder joint. Injure your rotator cuff, and simply raising your arms overhead will suddenly be so painful, your shoulder work out will fall far behind. The funny thing about rotator cuff exercises, is they are rather simply, but rather easy to ignore. Don't wait until they become part of your rehab program, instead incorporate them now so that you don't deal with injury later.
Since the shoulder joint has the most mobility of all the joints in your body, it can also be the most unstable. Before any shoulder work out, start with some dynamic stretches and increase mobility in the joint. Now, let's attack some basic moves to strengthen that rotator cuff.
Next, stand with your right side towards the door hinge. With your right arm bent at a 45-degree angle next to your side, grasp the handle of the tubing with your right hand and rotate your arm at the elbow, pulling the handle in towards the center of your body. Repeat 10 to 12 times on each side, alternating sides for each set.
Still not making sense? Check out the video below. She touches on important key elements, like keeping your elbow tight against the side of your body, and a straight flat wrist. Work smarter, to really achieve your goals!
Reference: Men's Fitness Magazine