New rotator cuff exercises

I hate my car!!!!

Every year thousands of people hurt themselves working out. A recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found that the number of injuries from weight training has increased by nearly 50 percent over the past 15 years.

This is largely due to the increase in sheer numbers of people taking up the activity. Still, many people injure themselves needlessly each year.

Do you know what the number one most common cause of injury is?

Dropping the weight on your-self. While this has not happened to me (yet) I have seen it happen to other folks from time to time and it’s never a pretty sight. The easiest way to avoid this is to lift with a competent spotter who will pay attention to your form (if your spotter spends more time looking in the mirror than watching your form it’s time to get a new spotter).

The second most common form of injury is straining the upper extremities- especially the shoulders.

Rotator cuff injuries are common and there are several exercises I recommend you avoid if you want to prevent incurring injury to your own shoulders (I wrote all about the best shoulder exercises in another article).

The worst shoulder injury I ever had never actually happened in the gym- but in my car! I used to drive a Honda CRX which was one of the smallest cars ever made. I had to prop myself up on one hand and twist my body to get in and out of the driver’s seat. On one occasion I did it too fast and tore my rotator cuff!

Go figure- I lift hundreds of thousands of pounds each year and it was my little Honda that did me in.

Since then I have been diligent about strengthening my rotator cuff to prevent further mishaps (I also bought a bigger car).

Two exercises that I do on a frequent basis to keep my shoulders healthy and my rotator cuff strong are scapular retraction and face pulls.

I perform a few rounds of scapular retraction before each upper body workout and 3 sets of face pulls at the end of the session.

In case you are not familiar with these rotator cuff exercises I shot a quick video showing you exactly what to do. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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