If you have current shoulder issues, want to prevent future problems or break through a training plateau, I want to lay out two simple concepts that can help you out as you move forward with strength training. The concepts are simple but the execution is not. I treat some extremely fit and athletic people and most of them struggle with one or both of these rules.
FYI: shoulder blade = scapula
THE SHOULDER RULES:
- When your elbow is near or moving towards your body, bring your shoulder blade back and down into the “set” position
- As your elbow moves out away from your body, provide the force from your shoulder to externally rotate it
Do these two things with any strength lift, bodyweight movement, catch, or sustained position, and you might just stay healthy, perform well and potentially decrease any current shoulder pain with your lifts.
Now let’s dig in deeper to each rule: