Why should I do shoulder-strengthening exercises?

There is no denying that a pair of sculpted shoulders looks great on everyone. The definition around the shoulders helps enhance a man or female's frame and is the perfect accessory to a sleeveless shirt or dress.

Shoulder training has several benefits beyond the aesthetic; it enhances posture and strengthens the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, creating more stability and an overall sturdier body structure. The shoulder joint is one of the most delicate joints. The shoulder joint allows a greater range of movement (think about doing arm circles). When the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint are weak, this movement can become altered, creating instability and often leading to injury. Keeping the shoulders free from injury means training the rotator cuff (muscles that stabilize the shoulder) as well as the deltoid muscle (the muscle you can see that surrounds the shoulder). The shoulder joint has several key stabilizers that act to keep the shoulder moving optimally, allowing enhanced definition around the shoulder. Training the muscles of the rotator cuff (subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor) will stabilize the shoulder joint, helping you avoid injuries.
Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
As the least stable joint in your body, your shoulders will benefit from exercises designed to strengthen supporting muscles while gently increasing your range of motion, so that you can easily swing a golf club or reach overhead, for example. Impingements that prevent movements like these are often a result of poor shoulder flexibility and impaired movement patterns. Maintaining strength and flexibility in your shoulder also reduces stress across the joint, making you less susceptible to bursitis and tendonitis.

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