Are you Mobile enough? #shoulderExtension
Try this right now…
Sit down on the floor and place your arms behind you. With your palms down and pinky fingers touching, lower your shoulders as close to the ground as possible.
A little tight?
That is because shoulder extension is a range of motion trained by very few people in the fitness arena. Many programs have “push” and “pull” movements, but they are almost always overhead or in front of the body (both in a position of shoulder flexion).
As a result of this, in addition to having spent too much time on desk patrol, most adults have very limited shoulder extension range of motion. Tight muscles like the biceps and pec minor play a role in keeping the shoulders chronically flexed and depressed, making this extended position behind the body inaccessible.
Why is this important?
Don’t we want stronger, healthier pain free shoulders? Limited mobility increases changes for cranky shoulders (or worse injuring them) and decreases your total upper body strength.
Be forewarned that inpatient training when it comes to shoulder extension can lead to bicep injuries like tendonitis or even worse. Would you ever drive with your foot on the gas pedal and the on the brake?!?! I don’t think so…
Maybe this image helps explain this more…
Lets get those joints, tendons and connective tissue in-shape to keep up with all the hustle we put behind that muscle!!
Stay tuned into next week’s post for my starter “stretches”… In the meantime, talk to a coach for more info!
The O-Board Says…
Every 90 seconds for 6 Rounds:
5 C2B Pull-Ups (banded if necessary)
1 Muscle-Up (banded is ok)
10 Box Jumps
15 Air Squats
Within those 16 minutes, you must complete (10 muscle-ups, 30 pull-ups or 50 ring rows)
Post by Chris; follow me on snapchat; mr_cpm