Get to grips with the lat­eral raise

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

De­fined delts (as in del­toids – you know, the mus­cles in your shoul­ders) are not just for boys and bikini body com­peti­tors. ‘Your shoul­der is one of the least sta­ble joints in your body and can be in­jured eas­ily,’ says Kristin Swart, a bioki­neti­cist at the Panorama In­ter­care Med­i­cal Cen­tre. That’s be­cause your shrug­ger is a ball-and-socket joint – a pre­car­i­ous ma­chine that could get hurt if over­worked. ‘The lat­eral raise strength­ens your delts to re­duce your in­jury risk,’ says Kelly Saun­ders, di­rec­tor of train­ing for US HIIT work­out brand Switch Play­ground. ‘Plus, it’s the sim­plest, most be­gin­ner­friendly move out there.’ Wor­ried the move is a lit­tle, well, ba­sic? ‘Peo­ple don’t like to do iso­la­tion ex­er­cises be­cause they get bored,’ says PT Ma­pule Ndhlovu. Her fix is to make it harder by test­ing your bal­ance. Lift your left leg, then raise the weight in your right hand up and down. You’ll be ac­ti­vat­ing sta­biliser mus­cles (hello, abs) you never knew you had.


You have a shoul­der in­jury.

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