Strengthen and Stabilize Your Shoulders with Pilates

Strong and stable shoulders are essential for daily activities and sports, and they play a crucial role in maintaining good posture and preventing injuries. If you’re looking to improve your shoulder strength and stability, Pilates has a fantastic exercise just for you.  In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of Pilates shoulder stabilization exercises and direct you to an instructional YouTube video tailored for beginners.

The Importance of Shoulder Stabilization

Shoulder stabilization is essential for a variety of reasons. It not only helps in preventing injuries but also improves your posture, enhances your overall upper body strength, and provides better support for your neck and spine. Pilates, with its focus on core strength and controlled movements, offers excellent exercises to work on shoulder stability.

The Pilates Shoulder Stabilization Exercise Flight

One key Pilates exercise for shoulder stabilization is the “Scapular Stability Exercise.” This movement targets the muscles around your shoulder blades, helping to build strength and control in your shoulders.  Here’s how you can perform this exercise:

1.  Begin by lying on your stomach with your arms palms up by your hips and your forehead resting on the mat.

2.  Engage your core muscles by pulling belly button away from the mat.

3.  Shrug shoulders to ears 1, bring shoulders blade to sky 2, reach shoulder to back pockets 3, return home 4.

4.  Repeat this for 3 more times

YouTube Tutorial for Beginners

To help you understand and practice the Pilates shoulder stabilization exercise, we recommend checking out this beginner-friendly YouTube video created by [Pilates instructor Lisa Wolkerstorfer]( Lisa will guide you through the exercise, providing clear instructions on form and breathing techniques.

Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or you’re already an active individual, Pilates can help you build the shoulder strength and stability you need.  Remember to start with a manageable number of repetitions and gradually increase the intensity as you become more comfortable with the exercise.  Your shoulders will thank you for the care and attention they receive through this effective Pilates routine.  Strengthen and stabilize your shoulders, and enjoy better posture and improved overall well-being!

If you need personal Instruction I can teach you virtually in your home or come join our beginner mat class every Wednesday 5:30PM MST in Denver, CO.