Friday, March 17, 2006

Stop! Drop! And Don't Roll!

So I went to the gym last night and I have something to get of my chest, or more precisely, my shoulders:

Guys...

Please...

For the luvva Mike...

Stop rolling your shoulders during shrugs. It's pointless. The force is down (hello, gravity?) and lateral motion does not work against the weight, so the presumed targets of this motion (which I am presuming to be the rhomboids) don't get much use. If you are trying to work your 'boids, get on a rowing machine instead. Shrugs are just that - shrugs.

Lift, hold, drop slowly. Lift, hold, drop slowly.

Now - moving your shoulders back at the top of the shrug is ok, because it helps improve scapular stabilization. But it's more like pinching your shoulder blades together at the top of the shrug rather than rolling them.

So no more rolling shrugs. Got it? Cause I will correct you if I see you.