Get to grips with the lateral raise
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.