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Barre and sculpting class instructors often will tell you to do arm circles using 3 to 5 pound weights, which can lead to pain and shoulder impingement syndrome over time, says Jodi Sussner, national fitness presenter and director of personal training and programming for Lift Brands. "Due to the position of the arms and the added force from the hand weights pulling on the joints against gravity, the shoulder is subject to instability," she explains.
Upgrade to: Safely and effectively strengthen the deltoids with the dumbbell lateral raise (shown above), Sussner suggests. This angle of the arms plus lifting and lowering against gravity eases tension on the shoulder joint.
How to: Stand holding 8- or 10-pound dumbbells with feet togther and arms at sides. Slowly lift arms in front of you at a 45-degree. As arms near shoulder height, turn thumbs upward a tad, slightly rotating shoulders. With control, slowly lower to start position. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Trainers wouldn’t be caught dead performing these moves—so why are you? Use their suggestions to upgrade to a safer, more efficient workout
Trainers wouldn’t be caught dead performing these moves—so why are you? Use their suggestions to upgrade to a safer, more efficient workout.