How To Strengthen Your Shoulders In 4 Simple Steps
Get Fit Over 40 founder Mike Kaye joins us once again on Total Gym Pulse to show us how to strengthen our shoulders in four simple steps using The Total Gym Home Exercise Machine. The shoulders are very important and often a neglected part of the body. It is also the most moveable and unstable joint in the body. The “ball” in the upper arm is larger than it’s socket giving the shoulder a wide range of motion, however this makes it very vulnerable to injury. Shoulders are used for everyday tasks, help us reach for objects and play a huge role in the exercises we do. With all that said, strengthening the shoulders are extremely important to any fitness routine.
Mike starts the workout with a standard shoulder press or “Military Press” as it is often called. Start by sitting on the glide board facing out away from the head of The Total Gym with both cables in hand. Make sure your arms are out a little bit and not too narrow. From here, simply extend the cables up and out. For this particular exercise, Mike likes to focus on one arm at a time so he can isolate the muscle groups in each shoulder more effectively. Do this for about 10-15 reps.
Next, Mike targets the front of the shoulders. Keep your arms straight at your sides and simply pull up. This will not only work your shoulders but will also give you a nice workout for your core. Try to keep your arms as straight as possible throughout the entire motion.
Mike then moves on to the next workout which focuses on the sides of the shoulder. Reposition yourself on the glide board by getting in an “upside down” position with both cables in hand. Keep your arms straight and bring them out from your side forming a “cross” shape. You will also feel this in your Trapezius muscles as well.
Moving on, Mike dives into an exercise that will work the back of the shoulders. According to Mike, many forget about this particular area of the shoulders. Start by simply sitting up from the previous exercise position. Next, bring your arms straight out by pulling back on the cables.
Finally, Mike concludes the workout by showing us an exercise working the sides of the shoulder and some of the trap muscle by doing an “Upright Row.” Sit on your knees at the front of the glide board and hold the cables in a crossed position. Bring your elbows all the way up and let them sink all the way down repeating this process for 10-15 reps.
We would like to thank Mike for joining us today on Total Gym Pulse and showing us a great way to strengthening our shoulders using The Total Gym. If you would like to learn more about Total Gym so you can do a workout similar to what you saw today, please visit us at Total Gym Direct. Look out for more great workout tips from Mike coming from him soon!
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