I lift a wide variety of weights when I do my dumbbell exercises.

I have a torn labrum on my right, and I had a minor rotator cost issue on my left.   The labrum tear happened when I was doing manual labor and exceeded my limit. The rotator cuff aggravation happened when I misaligned my shoulder during a workout.

The labrum tear happened when I was doing manual labor and exceeded my limit. The rotator cuff aggravation happened when I misaligned my shoulder during a workout.

Certain exercises and arm placements are very comfortable for me to do with a very heavy weight. In this case very heavy means 25 pounds. I know that isn’t very much. But, it is safe, and it adds an extra 50 pounds when I hold 25 pounds to my body weight exercises in each hand.

When I perform lateral raises or any kind of deltoid activating shoulder raise, I like to stick to 5 to 10 pounds so as to not aggravates my shoulders. Specifically, I am trying to avoid any signs of bursitis.

As my muscles become a bit more developed my upper body, I will increase the weight, but I plan to do this very intelligently and under the guidance of a physical therapist and personal trainer.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below.  

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