Good & Bad Gym Exercise Machines After Having Shoulder Surgery

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If you've just had shoulder surgery, there are a few exercise machines that you're going to want to think twice about (or gravitate towards) at the gym. Learn about good and bad gym exercise machines after shoulder surgery with help from a fitness industry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm TJ Pierce, with Pierce Family Wellness, and, today, we're going to talk about good versus bad exercises on machines for shoulder rehab. And, in my opinion, pretty much every machine for shoulder rehab is a bad idea. And, the reason for that is, machines operate on a fixed axis of motion which means you're only going to work through one plane of motion, which means there's no stability in your shoulder. So, you're going to build strength only in one range. And, the other reason I don't really like machines is that there's no integration, so, there's no core integration, so you're getting stronger only at the joint without bringing that joint back into harmony with the rest of the body. So, what I like to use with my clients and especially my post-rehab clients for their shoulders, is Swiss ball exercises. And, so, the one we're going to do today is a Swiss ball exercise press against the wall. So, what we're going to do is put the Swiss ball against the wall, you're going to take one arm, you're going to lock your elbow out and you're going to push the ball into the wall. From there, you're going to tighten up your abdominal wall and you're simply going to draw circles inside, you're going to draw circles outside, you're going to push the ball up, push the ball down, push the ball left and right. We're going to do that for 60 to 90 seconds per arm. Following that, you're going to bend your elbow, you're going to put your forearm on the ball and you're going to do the same thing. You're going to work left and right, top to bottom, diagonal circles. You're going to work every possible range of motion that you can, all while keeping your core engaged. And what this is going to help you do is not only rehab your shoulder but you're going to integrate that shoulder rehab into your core. I'm TJ Pierce and I hope this makes your shoulder rehab go a little smoother.


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