[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
I think that this first piece is dangerously vague; I said the same thing when the article was originally published.
“1. The shoulder joint is the most mobile in the body. As such, it’s rather fragile and prone to injury. Strengthening the shoulder joint muscles is a sure way to reduce the risk of getting hurt.”
“Strengthing the shoulder joint muscles” doesn’t tell me much about shoulder health. Make the pecs, delts, and upper traps strong, and you can actually be contributing to shoulder pathology. Making the lats stronger can help or hurt shoulder problems. Rotator cuff strengthening is what he meant, and you just don’t get that with lateral raises and overhead pressing.
Just my two cents; I would have left that first bit out.
In addition to external rotation, there is also perhaps a more important issue of “tucking” the scapula. Anyway, these functions can be trained by laterals and presses done strictly in the lower half of the ROM. I originally did a lot of external rotations to assist my bench press, but I figured out it was what’s going on with the scapula that matters during the movemement.
Also, I remember how Poloquin wrote about guys bringing up their external rotations from like 8 pound for 3 reps to 25 pounds for 10 but remember that they droppped bench pressing during that period. Stop working your internal rotators and your external rotations will go up.
Anyway, at least he got me thinking about the shoulders differently.