Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Exercise: Blackburns

One exercise I like a lot is one called "blackburns." This an excellent series of static holds for improving the strength of your rotator cuff and upper back.

Here is a video of these from DeFranco's Training:



Go very light on these - 5 pound or 2.5 pound plates are a good place to start. You are working very small muscles in your upper back and shoulder, and you don't want to strain them, you want to train them.

And a different, unweighted version of Blackburns, from Charles Staley:

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