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Strength Training & Exercise

What is an exercise to strengthen the stabilizing muscles of my shoulders?

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  • AEdward Phillips, Physical Therapy, answered
    Here's how to do a standing V-raise to strengthen shoulders:

    Reps: 10
    Sets: 1-3
    Intensity: Moderate
    Tempo: 3-1-3
    Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

    Starting position: Stand up straight holding 1- to 3-pound weights with your hands at your sides, thumbs facing forward. Position your feet hip-width apart.

    Movement: Squeeze your shoulder blades together while you slowly lift your arms, creating a V as you raise the weights. Go no higher than your shoulders. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position.

    Tips and techniques:
    • Keep your wrists firm, maintaining a straight line from your elbow to your knuckles, and elbows soft (not locked) throughout the movement.
    • Maintain neutral posture with your shoulders down and back.
    • Exhale as you lift.
    Too hard? Use a lighter weight.

    Too easy? Use a heavier weight.
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