I wanted to share a new online series I started: Mobility Monday! Each Monday I’m sharing a few moves to help you increase your range of motion and feel better. This one I excerpted is about shoulders.
I love the first move as a general stretch for the upper back and chest, but t an effort to take the arms behind your ears and keep then stretched back as you lower, and you get a nice stretch in the front of the shoulders too.
The second move helps find range of motion. You might find that after going forward and back a few times you may want to cheat and bend that elbow early. Imagine taking those fingers out as far as possible, and be sure the thumb is on top when arm is by the ear and the palm faces up when you set your hand on your back.
Swimmers are great if you play tennis, pickleball or do a lot of overhead lifting. This version is different because we don’t stop moving – help improve range of motion by simply repeating the movement. Keep arms wide and back as you open them and don’t touch your back when you bend your elbows.
Let me know what you think! Make a request! I’d love to hear from you!
Special thanks to CrossFit Elmhurst for letting me tape in their space.
Quick Shoulder Fact:
The shoulder is made up of three bones: the scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collarbone) and humerus (upper arm bone).