The shoulder has an immense range of motion — the most of any joint in the body. But this comes with a catch: because of its range, it’s also the most unstable. As a result, nearly 70% of people will experience some sort of shoulder disorder in our lifetime. Often, the injury includes one of the rotator cuff muscles. Muscle imbalances from things like: desk work, driving, using a mouse/keyboard, stress (which often makes people tighten up their traps and hunch their shoulders), sitting/standing in “hunchback” posture and lack of attention to the muscles you can’t see in the mirror combine to form a perfect storm for shoulder pain and injuries.
A strong, stable and flexible rotator cuff can preserve shoulder health and increase upper body strength. This 20 minute upper body routine focuses on strengthening the shoulder and rotator cuff using light weights.