One of the Smith's primary areas of focus is strengthening her shoulders. To do so, she performs the Shoulder Mash, which not only develops her strength, but, because of high reps and low weight, conditions her shoulders to resist fatigue. “It’s about toughness,” says Dave Robinson, Smith's strength coach. “It’s something to grit and grind through"—to ensure that Smith’s shoulders are strong and stable when she goes up for a rebound and to combat fatigue from repeatedly passing and shooting during games.
Sets/Reps: 1x15, 1x12, 1x9
Robinson notes that this exercise activates core muscles with the arms overhead, helping you to stay strong and balanced when moving around the court. It can be performed with a broomstick to learn the movement and develop strength before loading the barbell—and your muscles—with weight.