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

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
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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