To the wheel
Don’t shrug off giving this area the attention it deserves, says Siobhan Byrne
WHEN it comes to working out, it is important to equally train every body part. Not doing so can cause imbalances in the physique which, is not only obvious in terms of appearance, can impact on how the body moves and feels.
When the body is worked correctly and in a balanced fashion, everything works in sync and together.
One area where I see a lot of imbalances is the shoulders. I spoke about the importance of compound exercises last week but proper isolation work in shoulders works really well.
There are many ways to warm up the shoulders and it’s important to do so. You can do this with bands or with weights — beginning with slowly and gently and building up as you go can be equally effective for warm-ups and, as always, increasing the weight as you go, according to your ability. Take your time with this as there is nothing to be gained by lifting too much weight before the ability is there.
There are many different movements you should incorporate into your shoulder training. Shoulders are made up of anterior head, (front portion of the shoulder), middle head, (middle side of the shoulder), and posterior head (back of the shoulder).
We should always include a press movement for the anterior head, a side lateral for the middle head, and a rear delt exercise for the posterior head.
You can use a variety of machines, free weights including kettlebells, and resistance bands, but do make sure you are hitting the three parts of the shoulder. Where you see injury occur is when there is an imbalance in training, for example, with too much press action for the front of shoulder and then weaknesses occur in the middle and posterior.
Below are some examples of exercises you can include into your shoulder workout.