Active Shoulders – In any movement where your arms/shoulders are being used, active shoulders should be engaged. What does that mean? It’s basically resisting in the direction of the force. For instance, when pressing weight overhead, you want to lift your shoulders up as you lockout overhead. In a dip, you want to resist the urge for your shoulders to shrug, and instead push them down. For a deadlift, you’ll want to pull your shoulders back to keep them engaged. *Side note: This doesn’t mean going to the end range of your shoulder…it just means pulling or pushing against the load.
Here are two movements where you can practice the concept of active shoulders.
Press – 1RM
Dip – 1RM