One of the more interesting exercises I saw being used at Mike Boyle’s facility was the cheat curl to shoulder press. The idea behind it is that it will force you into a position that gets all the right areas strong for a shoulder press, particularly the glutes, core and upper back.
Mike said that they started using it and got some great feedback from people who had previously experienced shoulder pain while doing shoulder presses – it basically made the pain go away. I have been trying it and like how it gets some also works in some good hip explosiveness which is something all riders need.
Here is a video demo on how to perform this exercise and how to advance it. I recommend using a weight that is tough for you to just curl up and really try to make the dumbbells float up to your shoulders, otherwise you are missing the point of the first part of the exercise.
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