The best exercises
to strengthen the supraspinatus muscle through its most important range of
motion are the lying and incline lateral arm raises. To perform these
movements, lie on your side on an incline (approximately 45-degree angle
or less) or flat bench. Grasp a relatively light dumbbell and turn your
arm inward so that the thumb points downward. Hold your arm straight and
locked in position as you raise it to the vertical position. Return to
the initial position under control, relax and then repeat.
When using the flat
bench, you strengthen the supraspinatus muscle at the very beginning of its
action; the incline-bench variation strengthens the supraspinatus muscle
through the middle range of motion and when the arm is somewhat above
shoulder level. Performing both exercises can completely strengthen the
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