Ryan Healy is a personal trainer for the Lynch/van Otterloo (LVO) YMCA in Marblehead. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and earned her BS in Exercise Sports Science from Elon University. Find more posts by her in conjunction with the LVO YMCA at yhealthandwellness.wordpress.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rotator cuff, made up of four small muscles known by the acronym SITS: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis, in my experience are often neglected and frequently injured by many fitness enthusiasts. I’ve had many clients come to me for personal training after they’ve had rotator cuff surgery, and I always wonder if I had trained with them before the surgery, could it have been avoided or delayed? A strong rotator cuff is hugely important because it can help improve posture, shoulder stability, strength in pressing exercises, and injury prevention.
Here are three fantastic exercises to help improve the strength of your SITS muscles. Try 10-12 reps of 2-3 sets. For extra credit, try these exercises to address your thoracic mobility and breathing patterns, which can also improve your rotator cuff function.
1. Side lying External Rotation