These Classes Prevent Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common in fitness, but they’re also one of the easiest to prevent. In addition to practicing proper form/warmups with guidance from your instructors, taking the following types of classes will keep your shoulders injury-free and ready to take on more intense and higher-impact workouts in the future.

Class Type: Swimming
Why: Low-impact workouts in the water allow you to build strength slowly and unloaded. Multidirectional movement with light resistance will help build a strong shoulder muscles.

Studio Recommendations:
Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center (Baltimore)
Aquafit of Plano – Plano (Dallas Metro)

Class Type: Power Pilates
Why: The added resistance and load in power Pilates will build long lean muscles through slow and controlled movements, allowing for a strong foundation when it comes to taking on higher-impact workouts.

Studio Recommendations:
IMX Pilates (Charlotte)
Power Pilates UK – Beckenham (London)
Vega Power Pilates (Toronto)
Marathon Pilates (Nashville)

Class Type: Barre
Why: Barre uses less resistance and longer sets to help build out every muscle in the body. Bodyweight training is routine in barre classes and is one of the best ways for your body to build the strength it needs to stay injury-free.

Studio Recommendations:
Allongèe (Philadelphia)
Recycled Barre (Chicago)
Barre Tone – Vienna (Washington, D.C. Metro)
Barre Bliss – St. Louis Park (St. Louis)

Class Type: Resistance training
Why: Classic resistance training with weights is one of the best ways to build a strong foundation. Building strength with gradually increasing loads and challenges will help you prevent injuries.

Studio Recommendations:
Crunch Gym – Washington Avenue (Miami)

Class Type: Yoga
Why: Yoga’s poses and inversions allow you to build balance and muscular strength on a bodyweight level. Starting off this way will not only help you improve but also prevent setbacks and injuries along the way.

Studio Recommendations:
Modo Yoga (Minneapolis)
Pop Up Yoga (Sydney)
The Yoga Place (Melbourne)

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer/group fitness instructor and an active fashion and beauty blogger.