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4 Ways to Save Your Shoulders

Your rotator cuff is important (and injuring it means a long recovery), so learn how to keep it safe when you lift.

3. Tighten Your Form

Many benchers are guilty of one fatal flaw when it comes to staying injury-free: failing to pinch their shoulder blades. "It keeps the shoulders stable” says Murphy, and thus helps prevent injury.

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4. Grip It to Not Rip It

In order to prevent rotator cuff tears, Murphy gives us one last bit of advice: “Squeeze the bar as tight as possible on all lifts to engage the rotator cuff.” This forces the shoulder to stabilize itself, and is the most effective and healthy way to make the rotator cuff better at its job.

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