3 Shoulder Exercises You Should Make Sure To Avoid

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When it comes to getting sculpted shoulders, it’s important to be careful so that you avoid getting shoulder pain or perhaps suffering an injury. After all, shoulders are small and intricate muscles which need to be properly taken care of. Here are some shoulder exercises that you be best off avoiding during your workouts.

Barbell Upright Row

Due to the natural progression of this exercise, you’ll experience a lot of internal rotation in your shoulders which can be uncomfortable and potentially damaging. Furthermore, barbells don’t allow you enough space to perform the natural upward shoulder movement required for this exercise.

Heavy Lateral Raises

While great for building the medial head of your shoulders, performing lateral raises with excessively heavy dumbbells will surely disrupt your form. Additionally, you may start to swing your hips to get the weights back up, thereby straining your back in the process. Still, there’s nothing wrong with performing this exercise if you use reasonable weights.

Standing Dumbbell External Rotation

Not only does this exercise not actually focus on building your shoulders but it also places excessive strain on your elbows while also compromising your form. Instead, consider performing cable extensions as these are better for your form and posture.