Exercise of the Day: Resisted Shoulder External Rotation

A woman demonstrating an external shoulder rotation

As I promised yesterday, here’s another great shoulder exercise for RMTs (and others, of course) that uses the dynaband for resistance. Today, it’s an external rotation exercise.

Grab the dynaband with both hands. With your wrists facing up, flex your elbows to 90° and hold your arms close to your body, like this:


Then externally rotate:

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder External Rotation, second picture.

Here’s another view, where you can see the shoulder and upper back muscles that this exercise engages—the posterior deltoid, infraspinatus, and teres minor:

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder External Rotation, third picture.

Hold this position for at least 5-10 seconds, and do 15+ reps, or until fatigue. We recommend doing this one 3x/week, paired with the horizontal abduction from yesterday.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.