For many of our clients who have rounded shoulders and weak upper back muscles (postural muscles), the act of pressing weight overhead can be painful. This is due to slouched posture from working at a desk all day, driving,  watching too much TV, or even spending too much time doing pressing movements versus pulling movements.

Shoulder strength is important for overall health. Besides, a nice pair of delts just plain look good and they can give you the appearance of a smaller waist.

That being said, pressing weight overhead before you have adequate upper back strength and shoulder stability can cause pain in the shoulder joint. Our exercise of the day combines muscle activation  with a pressing movement to work shoulder activation, postural stability, and strength at the same time.

Here is a video of The Prone Shoulder Press:

To do the prone shoulder press, a couple of things to consider:

  1. Keep your abs braced at all times
  2. Keep chest on the pad – raising the chest will arch the lower back
  3. Do not allow arms to fall toward ground in extended position.
  4. Keep chin tucked at all times

You do not need a lot of weight for this exercise. If you have any questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly.

 

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