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Shoulder Injuries: Avoid These Two Upper Body Exercises!

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Behind The Head Military Press: It places a large amount of stress on the front of the shoulder joint. Performing it too often, or with poor form can lead to an injury. Upright Row: Combined with weight, it can compress the nerves in the shoulder region and damage the cartilage in your AC joint. Over time, this can lead to arthritis, which can cause you a lifetime of pain.

Having big, broad shoulders is a goal for many men and women that lift regularly.

Unfortunately, the shoulders are built for mobility rather than brute strength, which leaves them vulnerable to injuries, especially if you abuse them.

Two Upper Body Exercises To Avoid

Here are two upper body exercises to avoid that are commonly used to work the shoulder.

1. Behind The Head Military Press

Bad Form For Military Press

Bad Form For Military Press

Honestly I can not believe I still see this at the gym, but unfortunately I do. There is absolutely no reason to do this lift.

This exercise neck places large amounts of stress on the front of the shoulder joint. Your shoulder is not a joint that you want to injure, and that is eventually what will happen if you keep doing this exercise.

You also risk banging the bar on your head while bringing the bar down, which will not only hurt, but make you look like you have no idea what you are doing in the gym.

You can work the exact same muscles (more efficiently!), by simply letting the bar come down in front of your head and rest on your chest.

2. Upright Row

Upright Rows Are Not Good For You!

Upright Rows Are Not Good For You!

I admit, I used to do this lift all time. According to the old bodybuilding magazines, you had to include this lift if you wanted to grow big shoulders.

Well we know not only is this not true, but it is also a dangerous advice. This lift forces your shoulder into internal rotation, causing your humerus to bang up against the AC joint.

Combined with weight, this can compress the nerves in the shoulder region and damage the cartilage in your AC joint. Over time, this can lead to arthritis, which can cause you a lifetime of pain.

Stick to dumbbell or barbell presses as mass builders for your shoulders, and add in front and lateral raises for extra work.

Logan Jenkins

After high school I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I actually started off as a business major. I changed my major mid-semester to pre-med and was immediately happier with my new classes, even though they were considered much “harder”. I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew I was moving in the right direction. My parents suggested I become a Chiropractor, but I still wasn’t sure. Chiropractors believe the body is able to run and heal perfectly on its own, without drugs. What a concept! This philosophy fit so congruently with the feelings that I had inside of me, it just made sense. So I went from thinking that Chiropractic just helped with neck and back pain, to realizing it could do so much more. I knew what I wanted to do. After I finished my undergrad, I started DC school in September 2005. Those four years flew by. After eight years of schooling and more tests than one could imagine, I was finally a licensed Chiropractor!

Logan Jenkins

After high school I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I actually started off as a business major. I changed my major mid-semester to pre-med and was immediately happier with my new classes, even though they were considered much “harder”. I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew I was moving in the right direction. My parents suggested I become a Chiropractor, but I still wasn’t sure. Chiropractors believe the body is able to run and heal perfectly on its own, without drugs. What a concept! This philosophy fit so congruently with the feelings that I had inside of me, it just made sense. So I went from thinking that Chiropractic just helped with neck and back pain, to realizing it could do so much more. I knew what I wanted to do. After I finished my undergrad, I started DC school in September 2005. Those four years flew by. After eight years of schooling and more tests than one could imagine, I was finally a licensed Chiropractor!

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