Scaption for Functional and Stronger Shoulders

Did you know that the absence of working out consistently may result in injuries from everyday life activities such as sitting? This is because some muscles can become overactive due to a lack of exercise.

Here is one quick exercise that can functionally and aesthetically engage your shoulders to become stronger.  This is perfect for those with hectic lifestyles who are short on time to exercise.

Scaption is an excellent movement that employs your scapula and rhomboids that will functionally strengthen your rotator cuff specifically the supraspinatus. Scaption also creates shoulder mobility that will fortify your joints and tendons. By performing scaption, over time, you will become stronger in other pressing or lateral movements such as the bench press or front shoulder raise. Since scaption engages the scapula and rhomboids, if you have imperfect posture, this exercise can help develop appropriate strength in your middle back, yielding postural improvements and creating scapula retraction.

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Aesthetically, scaption will engage your anterior and medial shoulders, and the middle of your back. This exercise is a much better substitute for implementing in your exercise routine than the ever-popular side lateral. While beneficial in a multitude of ways, the side lateral can eventually cause harm to your rotator cuff. Therefore, scaption can be an effective and safe method to work your shoulders while improving your posture, especially if you sit daily.

To perform, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with optimal posture and hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing you in a neutral grip position. Next, bring both dumbbells up into a “Y” formation on a 45-degree angle. Be cautious to not raise the dumbbell higher than your shoulder, since this would engage the upper trapezius (which is counter-productive to this particular exercise). Remember to engage your core and glutes to help build strength and maintain optimal posture when executing this exercise. Perform three sets of eight-12 repetitions for a successful challenge.

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