Our shoulders bear a lot of weight and work such as grocery hauling, handbag carrying, office chair slouching, bra wearing….in addition if you are active you can develop tendinitis or a torn rotator cuff and along with some simple aches and kinks.  These can start showing up as early as your 30’s and into your 40’s.  You want to keep your shoulders strong and loose!

The #1 problem is tendinitis/bursitis which is basically inflammation in your shoulder complex.

Shoulder Exercises


Holding free weights palms each other twist torso to left as you punch right arm across your body to the left. Repeat on the other side.

Shoulder Push Up

Looks like a modified dive bomber

Half Moon

Stand tall with free weights, arms at your sides, palms facing forward. Raise arms upward in a 1/2 circle until the dumbbells touch above head (think shoulder press) lower and repeat

Tree Hug

Raise arms to the side until parallel to the floor. Bring your arms forward until free weights touch (arms slighting rounded, not locked) bring back and repeat.


Hinge forward at waist with arms hanging down (do this balanced on 1 leg in a hinge), palms facing each other. Lift arms until parallel to the floor, shoulder height while squeezing shoulder blades together, lower and repeat.