It is Very Important you ask your Doctor Before Any Exercise, Period.
A torn rotator cuff is an annoying and terrible thing to go through.
You didn't mention how much pain or which part of your rotator cuff
which could involve either of the 4 rotator cuff muscles Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis
and/or the Biceps Tendon you
tore so it is difficult to have a clear idea of what you can and cannot do.
Before you attempt to perform any exercises make sure you ask your doctor and/or
The problem with rotator cuff injuries is the shoulder joint is such a busy
joint. Even if you use machines in the gym such as biceps preacher machine
curls, you could still aggravate your rotator cuff injury which is not good.
Even cardio such as running is difficult for some people with rotator cuff
The best advice that anyone can give you, which is most likely what your
doctor would say is limit your activities to anything within your envelope of
Basically... If it Hurts, Don't Do It
You most definitely want to avoid any overhead motions such as shoulder
Machines can actually be worse than free weights in some cases. Since
they were designed for a mystery person and the adjustments don't usually fit
very well, they can actually put more stress on the joints than free weight
exercises which you can move through your most comfortable range of motion.
Any exercises you decide to try out make sure you perform them under
An excessive eccentric (negative) contraction causes most rotator cuff
injuries especially if chronic overuse is occurring as well.
Personally, if I was going in for rotator cuff surgery in a month. I
would abstain from all resistance training exercises. Work on flexibility
and take up a new physical activity which doesn't involve my shoulders at all
such as bicycling.
If you do something like that, after the surgery and the rehab, you will
be refreshed and excited to start weight training again at 100% and make the
More Workout Information
Rotator Cuff Strengthening Exercises It is a good idea to ask your rehabilitation specialist before
doing any exercises but you can learn about rotator cuff anatomy and
find exercises to work each individual muscle here.