3 important shoulder exercises to develop overhead mobility and strength. These shoulder drills will open up the shoulders and can alleviate shoulder pain.
The purpose of these shoulder mobility drills is to develop strength in the entire range of motion when you are lifting your arms overhead.
This overhead mobility will come helpful in sports, movement, martial arts and especially in overhead pressing and handstands.
By opening up the shoulders and developing overhead strength, you can significantly alleviate shoulder pain or even fix the shoulders (it ultimately depends on the specific case) because shoulder pain is often due to the lack of mobility in one or more muscles.
We've covered overhead shoulder mobility in numerous of other videos:
These drills are a bit different since you will primarily work on overhead pressing strength. Mobility training done right (proper execution and light weights) will produce great gains in strength.
A lot of people commonly ask whether mobility drills "actually work" because the resistance is often quite small. This is exactly why mobility training works.
Majority of people have bad imbalances everywhere in the body and it's rare to see healthy and natural joint function with a full range of motion.
When the range of motion of the joint is not clean and there is room for improvement (all of us have), minimal resistance will produce the best results. If you can't do a movement right with a small 1kg / 2 lbs plate, don't expect to do it better with a heavy barbell.
Who should do these exercises and why? Anyone who wants to improve their strength, range of motion of the shoulders, prevent injuries, maximize performance and improve their posture.
A couple of sets per exercise and 5 to 15 repetitions per set will work but the most important thing is to focus on the form and mind-muscle connection. Repetitions are there for guidance, the key is to feel the muscles contract and burn.
For a structured mobility program, see Movement 20XX. M-20XX consists of many different types of mobility training and has the most well-rounded approach to develop good structural balance in the entire body.