Strengthen our shoulder muscles at the Form Lab

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The Form Lab in Portland focuses on movements people can incorporate into their daily lives to help them be healthier and stronger.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Form Lab, a Portland-based gym, focuses on movements people can incorporate into their daily lives to help them be healthier and stronger.

The gymnasium officially opened in March. Since then, trainers have been teaching clients how to improve the way they move their bodies. The goal is to integrate these moves into everyday life to help get the most out of every workout and minimize long-term soreness.

This week the focus is on strengthening our shoulder muscles. Specifically, the muscles located at the back of our shoulders.

“We’re going to focus on the side that no one tends to use in their day-to-day life. We’re going to focus more on rear-delts and side headers,” said Andrew Blais.

Blais is the co-founder of The Form Lab.

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“Forward deltas tend to be used a lot in our daily movements,” Blais continued. “[They’re used when] picking up kids, doing things in front of us at our desks. We are constantly putting tension on the front of the deltoids and forgetting about the back. The back side is very underutilized.”

Blais suggests warming up before doing your actual workout. He said it’s important to stretch the muscles around your rotator cuff to prevent injury. Stretches include external rotation and involve using an exercise band with the resistance moving away from you. Tips include dropping your shoulders back and pinning your elbow to the side.

To see a full demonstration and to learn more, watch the full video with Andrew Blais.

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