Band Rows

Affix a light loop band to something that will not move. Put your hand inside the end of the band, so it crosses the back of your wrist like a bracelet. Hold both sides of the band in your hand. To begin the row, start by pulling your shoulder blades back (retraction) and down (depression). Start with the palm facing the ground, and as you pull the band towards your waist rotate your palm to the ceiling. Be sure to keep your shoulder blades retracted and depressed throughout the exercise. Repeat on both sides.

The double arm version of this exercise involves grabbing inside the band from the underneath with both hands. Shoulder blade position stays the same, but this time both arms pull, hands rotating to palms up once they reach the body.

Prone internal/external shoulder rotations

Lying on your stomach with your forehead resting on the mat bring your arms out the side. Reach one arm upward and one downward like you are trying to touch your hands behind your back. From this starting position, lift your elbows as high off the ground as you can. Then straighten both arms (one overhead and one towards your feet) passing them out to the side of your body to switch positions. Throughout this exercise strive to elevate your elbows off the floor.

Shrug and Press

Hanging from a bar, perform a regular grip (pronated) shoulder shrug. At the top of the shrug press forward with your hands into the bar, activating the lat muscles, and reducing the angle between the arms and the body. At the same time, curl up with the abs, bending the knees in an attempt to tap your knees to your elbows. Initiate this movement first with the shoulder press, then add in the leg lift.

Serving Tea – rotator cuff warmup

Balancing a yoga block on the fingers of one hand, like you were holding a serving tray, rotate your hand so your thumb starts to come closer to your body. Extend your arm upwards and out to the side of your body while continuing to internally rotate from the shoulder. Once your arm is straight you will rotate from the elbow to bring your hand and the block between your upper arm and body to return it to its starting position.

Rotator Cuff swings

Standing, bring your right palm to your left cheek. Keeping your fingers facing the ceiling, bring your hand across your face to your right ear, continue around the back of your head. Once your hand is behind your head, fingers still facing up, extend your arm straight overhead and then drop it out to the right side with your palm facing down. If you continue to bend your elbow once your arm is extended you can bring it back to your starting position at your left cheek to continue. Ultimate goal is to make this one fluid movement with no stops.

Diagonal Pull aparts

This exercise requires a red loop band.  Hold the band at its ends with each hand.  Keep one arm straight with your hand at your side.  Keeping that hand stationary, bring your other hand to touch the stationary hand then pull up and away at a 45 degree angle so it finishes outside your shoulder line, but above head height.

Second option is to keep the top hand stationary and instead pull the other arm down at a 45 degree angle to finish outside your hip.