Free weights (such as a dumbbell) are an excellent way to build strength and muscle. However, poor technique can result in soreness and injury. In this video, Point Performance’s medical personal trainer, Danny Rodriguez, demonstrates the proper method to lifting a dumbbell. Here, he aims to rotate the thorax over a stable pelvis.
By standing square with a box or place where the weight rests, reach through the shoulder and avoid locking the elbow. Keep your hips tucked and underneath, bring the shoulder back to the spine. Feel a squeeze in the shoulder, then bring it back down. You should feel an ab, your whole shoulder working, and no back pain.