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Building Shoulder Strength

I have been doing the insanity workout for the past few weeks and everything is going well! However, one area that I struggle with is my shoulder strength. A lot of the exercises use the plank position focusing on the core. I feel like I can do more, except my shoulder strength holds me back. I have to drop down for a few seconds to reagain some sthreght in my shoulders before I can continue. Are there specific exercises that I can do to strengthen this area? Or, will my strength just increase aas I continue to do the pushups and other plank exercises? I am sure it is a combo of both, but am not sure shat I can be doing. Thanks!

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Strength increases as you do more, but adding in different kinds of exercises will help, both in speeding things up, and by strengthening different sets of muscles. It's a circle... the more muscles you're using, the faster you get stronger

Climb ladders
Climb ropes
Arm circles (small and large)
Tray carrying (think restaurants)
Heavy backpacks (fill 2 liter bottles with water)
Backwards pushups (off the edge of a couch)
Lizard walking (think kids goofing off, or no wheelchair)
Low crawling (army guys)
Crawling (yep, just like a baby)
Handstands (against a door if your balance isn't good, yet)
Handstand pushups
Sex (quite a few positions)
Bucket carrying
Kid carrying
Tree climbing
Massage giving

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The more you do that stuff the more your shoulders will adjust, plank is a killer it took me awhile too.

You could try downward facing dog pushups.

But down dog without pushups will help too.

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here's a simple exercise: place the palm of your hands on the wall & do push-outs! Everytime you pass a bare wall....do a set. You'll be amazed at how much it helps! :)

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Congrats on your exercise regime!

For shoulders, I use free weights and do overhead presses. That really helped, almost as much as my toddler requiring frequent picking up!

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