Chest. Back. Legs. We all know it's important to keep these major muscle groups healthy and strong, but did you know that your shoulders are just as important?
Ten years ago my mother found out just how important her shoulders were. She experienced one of the most challenging injuries of her lifetime while at work. My mother tore her rotator's cuff.
This injury made it difficult to complete simple things such as:
- Reaching for a toothbrush
- Giving hugs
With these difficulties, however, some valuable lessons were learned about how the shoulder muscles work and how to strengthen them.
Here are three great shoulder strengthening exercises my mother learned about that helped her on the road to recovery.
1. Shoulder Pendulum Exercise
The shoulder pendulum is a very simple exercise that does not require any equipment. This video does a great job of illustrating how to properly do the pendulum exercise
2. Overhead Barbell Shrug
As mom continued her recovery and got stronger this was an exercise she learned about that helped improve mobility and strengthen the shoulder muscles.
Eric Cressey does an awesome job of showing how to do barbell overhead shrugs.
3. Shoulder Press
While your arms are up performing barbell overhead shrugs, you can easily transition into this work out.