As a functional athlete, mobility work is a vital component of any workout you do. Our mobility directly improves our posture and our body’s capacity to adapt to challenges. Let's start with the shoulders, one of the most complex joints in the body.
The more range of motion you have in your shoulders, the farther your reach becomes, and the greater the capacity for muscular strength. Consider these three exercises with Coach Gabe Snow as staples to better shoulder mobility.
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How to Increase Your Shoulder Mobility
1. Overhead Shoulder Mobilizations
Grab a band, jump rope, or PVC pipe with a snatch grip in front of you. Raise your arms up overhead, then behind you until you feel a stretch. The wider your grip, the further back and down you'll be able to go. Perform anywhere from 12 to 15 repetitions for three sets.
You can perform these with a Spartan strength band, jump rope, or PVC pipe.
From a kneeling position, hold a kettlebell by the horns or a RAMroller by the ends with the object in front of you. With a tight core, move the bell or roller to the right side of your head and let it drop behind your neck, then up around to the left side. Repeat in the opposite direction. Perform five slow repetitions in each direction for three sets.
You can perform these with a Spartan RAMroller or kettlebell.
3. Kettlebell Bottoms-Up Press
From a kneeling or half-kneeling position, grab a kettlebell by its horn so that the bell is facing up. Press to the ceiling, hold, and return. Perform five to eight slow repetitions for three sets.
You can perform these with a Spartan kettlebell.
For the know-how to perfect your mobility movements, download the Spartan FIT app and check out our active recovery collection.