shoulder stability

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 44: Serratus Slides for Shoulder Health

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body.  Due to this, our shoulders have a strong need to be stable.  Unfortunately, today's lifestyle puts us into repetitive postures that are not conducive to these needs. 

Sitting down at a desk all days causes stiffness/tightness of the upper traps and pecs, and weakness of the deep neck flexors and serratus anterior (SA). 

One simple, yet effective exercise that helps build healthy shoulders is serratus slides.  This drill is used primarily to strengthen the SA which is responsible for stabilizing your shoulders on the rib cage, and helps us reach our arm overhead. 

Check out the video below to learn how to perform serratus slides. 

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 35: Neck Stiffness Part 2

Last week I discussed exercises you can start using today to help decrease neck pain and stiffness.  You can read that here. 

Today we are going to compliment that post with a few exercises that target the key players in a healthy neck; the thoracic spine and shoulders.

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 27 - Shoulder Warm-Up

The shoulder is an area that many people struggle with.

It is the most mobile joint in the body. The joint in itself doesn't have much inherent stability; otherwise your arm wouldn’t be able to move around as freely as it does.

This makes it important for us to optimally warm up and strengthen our shoulders. This joint depends on a strong rotator cuff as well as other shoulder muscles to support it during physical activity.

Check out the video below for 3 ways to optimally warm up your shoulders during your next workout.

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 15 - Improving Your Shoulder Health - The Scapula Part 2

In last weeks post, I discussed the concept of scapular stability and it's role in shoulder health.  

As a reminder, the shoulder needs three things to stay healthy:

  1. Good Shoulder Mobility
  2. Good Thoracic Spine Mobility.
  3. Good Scapular Control

This week is going to cover scapular control and why it's needed to make stuff work nice.

Even though the scapula is considered a "stable" joint in the joint-by-joint approach we spoke of last week, it still requires some degrees of mobility as well.  If the scapula was designed to be only stable, it would be fused to the ribs, versus having the ability to move around it.  

The ability to express movement of the scapula will allow for optimal kinematics of the shoulder, and allow for you to express improved stability in many different arm positions.  This leads to increased strength and reduced risk of injury.

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Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 13 - The Kettlebell Windmill with Jason Harrell

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 13 - The Kettlebell Windmill with Jason Harrell

Leaning forward in during the kettlebell windmill is one of the most common mistakes I see.  Today, Jason Harrell from Iron Lion Performance joins me to discuss a simple fix to this problem. 

Cueing the Arm Bar

Cueing the Arm Bar

In this post, I talk about how to properly cue the arm bar, and some steps you can take to get more out of this exercise.