08 July, 2011
Kettlebells & Shoulder Pain
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, kettlebells have been used to build total body strength. They can be used to rehabilitate and strengthen weak shoulder muscles. Without a focus on proper form, however, they also can cause injury. Knowing the right exercises can ensure that kettlebells are used to the fullest advantage.
Rehabilitating Shoulder Muscles
Rehabilitation programs focus on building strength while enabling mobility of the muscles. Focus is placed on quality movements rather than quantity. A lighter kettlebell will give you the opportunity to focus on form while repairing your muscles. The floor press and arm bar are two exercises that are recommended for shoulder rehabilitation.
Preventing Shoulder Pain
When using kettlebells in your workout, improper form and overuse can cause shoulder pain and injury. Prevent this by warming up your muscles with dynamic stretches or a few minutes of light to moderate cardio before working out. While exercising, focus on form and build your weight tolerance up over a period of time.
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