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Why you should strengthen your shoulders

Why you should strengthen your shoulders

Your shoulders work hard every day. Whether you’re lifting a barbell, carrying a child or lifting a fork to your mouth, strong shoulders make life easier. In fact, almost all upper-body movements involve the shoulders.

But ironically your shoulders are among the most neglected muscle groups. Thank them for their efforts by adding a shoulder-strengthening Hussle to your routine. Here’s why:

Body Beauty

A nice pair of sculpted shoulders looks great on both men and women. Shirts and dresses hang better from a decent pair of shoulders! All bodybuilders are proud of their shoulders and take their shoulder training seriously. They are a big part of your appearance and deserve a big part in your Hussle routine.

Avoiding Injury

The shoulder is a complex joint. It can lift, rotate, turn, twist and swing in almost every direction. This results in a lot of wear and tear, and proneness to injury. Keeping your shoulders strong and supple reduces the chance of injury.

Weak shoulders will take a beating if you perform back and chest exercises. Weekend warriors are also prone to shoulder injury, like torn rotator cuffs. In fact, if you’ve got weak shoulders you can even injure yourself by painting a wall!

Workout Benefits

Shoulder exercises benefit everyone, especially those who likes to Hussle. From swimming to Crossfit, bodybuilding to yoga, strong shoulders mean you can lift more, push more and go faster. 

The gym is a great place to build muscle mass. And you’ll be pleased to know that gains come quickly on your shoulders.

The Dumbbell Shoulder Press

We get it – you want to build shoulder strength without dedicating too much workout time.  This exercise targets most shoulder muscles – the anterior, medial and posterior deltoids – which cover the front, sides and back. This strengthens your shoulders all-round and targets any weak spots.

To perform this exercise:

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Lift the dumbbells to the sides of your shoulders and press up until your arms are almost straight.
  • Keep your core engaged and return the dumbbells to the side of your shoulders.
  • Repeat 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

Do this exercise 2-3 times weekly for 2 weeks and watch your shoulders turn into boulders.

Photo by Cyan Cooper on Unsplash

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.