Shoulder injuries suck. They can impede training, cause obnoxious nagging pain, and severely hinder your ability to do the YMCA at your second cousin’s wedding. A study from the American Academy of Family Physicians found that an estimated 20% of the population will suffer from shoulder pain at some point in their lifetime.
Thankfully, most shoulder issues are preventable. Unfortunately, most people—okay, most young dudes—would rather drive cross country with ABBA's greatest hits on repeat than attempt a prehab exercise. Maybe you're one of those “bench press every day” types with shoulders that would make a Cirque du Soleil performer envious. For the rest of us, chances are, some prehab and soft-tissue work would serve our shoulders well.
Here are six moves that you can put into a warm-up or training session that can get your shoulders moving, presses improving, and YMCA skills grooving. No ABBA required.