When you do vertical pulling and horizontal pushing, you are using big muscles that create internal rotation of the shoulder joint. Internal rotation is a NORMAL range of motion of the shoulder (so don't tell me it is 'bad' because no movement is BAD, but it can be used inappropriately at certain times) but we want to make sure we are staying strong in the muscles that create shoulder external rotation.
Improving your movement isn't always about just improving mobility. If your goal is to do snatching, overhead squats, pull ups, etc, once you have the amount of mobility in your thoracic spine and shoulders that you need to perform those movements safely, you should be focusing on a few things:
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This week on Movement Fix Monday I want to share with you guys a couplet you can use to work on your overhead mobility.
Static stretching isn't nearly as effective as repetitive end range loading and controlling your range of motion.
This couplet plays off of that notion.
Moving weights quickly, being able to do lots of standard pull ups and muscle ups, squatting a lot, etc. is all great, but can you apply the strength gained in those to a more real world thing like climbing a wall?
This week I want to share with you a series of movements I use with athletes when they have a difficult time getting the barbell comfortably on their back to do back squats.
There are many moving parts putting a barbell into a back rack position. You have to have sufficient thoracic spine mobility, you need some scapular motion, and you need shoulder joint external rotation.
Whenever someone is limited in their overhead range of motion for pressing, overhead squatting, handstands, etc., they are quick to blame the 'shoulder' as being the thing that needs to be stretched or rolled out.
This week Chris Johnson, PT joins me to discuss bench press modifications when an athlete has shoulder pain while benching. There are a few easy tweaks you can make to keep training while things become less painful
This week learn a closed chain scap press drill to improve upward rotation and elevation of the scapula
Improve your front rack position with this banded shoulder isometric drill
Need a good shoulder warm up for overhead lifting, olympic lifting, or gymnastics movements? This banded shoulder warm up has all the bases covered.
The front rack position is very challenging for many athletes, especially when they are new to olympic lifting. Sometimes the shoulders are stiff, sometimes the wrists are stiff, but we also have to consider the coordination of relaxing the right things at the right time.