Freedom to Press: How to Maximize Shoulder Stability
Dear aspiring athletes, recreational exercisers, and even desk-bound office workers: We have an important message for you!
Whether your goals are to improve athletic performance or to just move and feel better in everyday life, it’s of the utmost importance that you remember this: No matter what activity you partake in — athletic or not — creating strong and stable shoulders must be a part of your fitness plan.
We’ll explain the why and the how below, so you can take your first steps towards freedom; the freedom from instability.
Start fighting for it today!
Mobility Would Cease To Exist Without It
Mobility is the product of strength and mobility combined. Having adequate shoulder flexibility will provide you with a greater range of motion, and the stability will come from doing specific shoulder strengthening exercises.
To express that strength through your arms, your shoulders should be trained for stability in multiple positions.
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The Health Of Your Shoulders Depend On It
Your shoulders are designed to push and pull in multiple directions. (Think the different motions required from a pull-up versus a push-up, or a tricep dip). In each of these exercises, your shoulders will work at various angles to move your body up and down.
This, of course, requires some significant shoulder stability to control all this movement. Let’s look at some of our favorite shoulder stability exercises from the GB Online Courses.
Start With The Basics
If you hope to work your way to becoming strong enough to use the rings, widely considered an ultimate upper bodybuilder, you must first master the basics. In this case, we use the plank.
There are two main variations to choose from — on your elbows or on your hands. In both versions of the plank, your shoulders should be spread wide apart. Imagine slightly rounding your upper back. At the same time, your pelvis will be tucked under to flatten your lower back.
Working both variations will help you build enough strength for more challenging exercises.
Where To Go From There?
Once your plank is solid, let’s talk progression! Take your plank along the wall and walk your feet up until your arms are overhead and your chest is near the wall.
This inverted plank is better known as the handstand. Our professional opinion is that handstands are by far one of the best shoulder stability exercises out there. Not coincidentally, handstands can be quite addicting to train. This is a bonus.
With enough practice, your shoulders will become strong enough to support your weight off the wall, and you’ll be ready to show off your handstand.
No matter who you are, having adequate shoulder stability is essential for rotator cuff health and full body longevity. Foundation One Courses provide the most effective GymnasticBodies shoulder prehab exercises to help ensure a well balanced and strong upper body.