Even though I do not know you I am passionate about improving your performance . Although I have not seen your shoulder training I believe your gym work can be improved with a little bit of knowledge from the father of sportsmedicine Dr Frank Jobe.
As a strength coach and physical therapist for pro athletes I have had the good fortune to travel to hundreds of gyms thru out the world and am dumbfounded and intrigued by shoulder training. Shoulder training is in dark ages much like sportsmedicine before Dr Frank Jobe.
The late Dr. Jobe edited 7 books on the shoulder and published over 100 articles ( including the best exercise for you to perform) . Not only was Dr Jobe a brilliant academic he was also the LA Dodgers Team physician, consulted for the PGA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings. Dr Jobe new a thing or two about how your shoulder functioned and when he spoke the pro athletes listened.
Gym goers do not perform the Jobes exercises for rotator cuff strengthening and trainers seem to have no clue about his legacy. As you see in this video the Jobes exercises are painfully simple to learn, important for your shoulder and hopefully intuitively make sense. ( I actually learned them from reading an article in 2000 to cure my shoulder pain).).
Dr Jobe is viewed as “one of the premier fathers of modern sports medicine and without him sports medicine care would still be in the dark ages” ( Dr James Andrews). While sportsmedicine has moved out of the dark ages, shoulder training is still in the dark ages at your local gym.
The elephant in the room is now about your gym training ( do you train smart).
Although I do not know your trainer I know a dirty secret they don’t know the functional anatomy of your shoulder. Anatomy 101: of all the muscles that control the shoulder there are only two that external rotate your shoulder (teres minor and infraspinatus). These muscles are very important in balancing your shoulder and often become weakened. Just look at the average internally rotated position of most peoples shoulders and you might think that correcting or preventing this posture is important.
The answer you hit the gym. Gym 101; Bench press hits the pecs which internal rotate and so to balance you need to look at doing pulling exercise to pull your shoulder back. Well the problem is the primary pulling muscle, lattissimus dorsi is a powerful internal rotator. So balancing push and pull is not enough. Working the external rotators seems like intelligent training and that became Dr Jobes theory three decades ago.
Intelligently you hire a trainer presuming they will show you the right exercises to perform ?Did your trainer learn from the decades of work of Dr Jobe and show you these rotator cuff exercises. If my intuition is right the answer is no and welcome to my world being pissed off about stupid trainers ( physios and doctors) . Trust me Jobes exercise are critical if you injure your shoulder and even more important if you believe prevention is the best medicine
Electromyographic analysis performed at Jobe- Kerlan clinic shows these exercise to hit the external rotators the muscle that protect your glenohumeral joint more then any other exercises. Dr Frank Jobe who pioneered shoulder reconstructive surgery knew that rehabbing these muscles was critical for his athletes at the Dodgers, Lakers and Kinds. Now all this knowledge is out there on the internet and it seems wise that your trainer starts pumping his biceps reading some book or working his fingers out more on the google search ( or just send him this link),
At the end of the day is it is all good and you can just add these four exercises to your program.
Then you can enjoy watching the other troglodytes at the gym with their guru trainers. Applied knowledge is power. Thank your Dr Frank Jobe.