Standing Diagonal Shoulder Abduction with Resistance

Resistance Bands


The diagonal shoulder abduction exercise is great for strengthening all of the muscles of the shoulder that help with posture and stability.

Set up

Stand tall with your feet hip width apart and your knees slightly bent. 

You may also perform this exercise seated on a chair if you have poor balance or feel unsteady on your feet.

Hold one end of a light resistance band in your left hand at your left hip.  Hold the other end of the band in your right hand with your thumb pointing down at your left hip.


With your elbow straight, pull the band upward and away from your body in a slow, sweeping diagonal motion and then slowly return to the starting position.

When you begin the movement your thumb should be pointing down toward your left hip and as you come up, your arm will rotate so that your thumb points up and away from you.


  • Keep your back straight and abdominals engaged. 
  • Be sure not to turn or twist your torso as your arm moves.
  • If you have a pre-existing shoulder issue and it’s not comfortable for you to do this exercise with your arm straight, you can also perform this exercise with your arm bent at a 90 degree angle.
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