May 07, 2012,
K.L. asks from Fort Stewart, GA on May 06, 2012
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!
R.J. answers from Seattle on May 07, 2012
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
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)
Sex (quite a few positions)
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A.G. answers from Houston on May 06, 2012
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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S.H. answers from St. Louis on May 06, 2012
E.S. answers from New York on May 06, 2012
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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