Build ripped athletic muscle without screwing up your shoulders
The rotator cuff is one of the most misunderstood group of muscles in the body. Knowing how to stretch the rotator cuff might be even more misunderstood. In this video, I show you two of the best rotator cuff stretches that you can do and why you need to know the difference between them if you are going to do them right.
The rotator cuff consists of 4 muscles (not one as most believe). Three externally rotate the shoulder; the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor. One internally rotates the shoulder; the subscapularis. If you have been lifting weights and working out for any length of time you are likely very overdeveloped and imbalanced into internal rotation. If this is the case, attempting to stretch the external rotators is not going to help your situation.
You would be much better off strengthening your rotator cuff muscles like the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor while focusing your stretching efforts on just the subscapularis. I show you a great stretch you can do using a golf club, broom stick, wooden dowel or anything stable around the house.
Not only will this help to stretch your internal rotators of your rotator cuff but also the contributing muscles like the pecs, lats, front delts and more. To get the most out of this rotator cuff stretch, be sure to hold it for 30-60 seconds and be consistent with doing it. Aim for 3-5 stretching sessions per week if you want to start making an impact on the tightness you’re feeling.
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