Balancing your pushing and pulling exercises can help build healthy shoulders. But tight or weak muscles around your shoulder blades can impede performance in strengthening exercises such as the military press. Avoid this pitfall by doing these moves twice a week.
1 DUMBBELL PROTRACTIONLie on a bench
and hold a dumbbell with a neutral grip (palm facing the centre of your body), your arm straight up and in line with the side of your chest. Keeping your elbow locked, push the weight further up towards the ceiling by lifting your shoulderblade off the bench as high as you can. Then lower it. Complete a set of 12 to 15 repetitions with each arm, then do a second set, this time pushing your arm up and back at about a 105° angle (your biceps should be touching your ear).2 FRONT-RAISE LATERAL LIFTHold a dumbbell
at your side, palm facing your thigh. Keeping your shoulderblade down, raise the weight in front of you in an arc until it’s overhead (do not arch your back). Then rotate your arm so your palm faces forward and lower the weight to your side. Finish the set with that arm, then repeat with the other arm. Do two sets of six to eight reps.3 DIP-STATION REVERSE SHRUGGrab the parallel bars
of a dip station and lift yourself so your arms are straight and elbows are locked. Without changing your arm position, press your shoulders downwards relative to your torso to lift your body slightly (in other words, shrug your shoulders down instead of up). Pause, then return to the starting position and repeat. Perform two sets of
10 to 12 reps.