Fast Fitness - Eighth Group Functional Training: Spine and Shoulder Stability With Overhead Motions
Here is Fast Friday Fitness - eighth in the series of Functional Fitness Training (Bookspan Basics) to teach your group, teams, classes, students, kids, battalions, or self. In this Bookspan Basic Training, you train positioning and muscle skills to reach overhead with healthy mechanics for the shoulder and lower back.
Assemble your group in neat rows. Stand in front in view of all. Tell them this is a basic, functional physical skill to learn to prevent injurious positioning during overhead motions.
- Everyone reaches up. Have everyone notice if they lean their upper body backward to raise their arms. See if their tilt their beltline downward in front or push the hip/pelvis forward. See examples in both photos above and below. Explain that leaning back and increasing the lower spine arch are not a healthy ways to raise arms and that upright neutral spine is a stronger base for their arm movement and uses abdominal muscles.
- Have everyone bring their ribs back down to level, pull upper body to upright, and tuck the hip under to straighten the pelvis to vertical and neutral. The motion is like doing an abdominal crunch standing up, without curling forward. You crunch enough to bring yourself to straight and upright. See our short movie of fixing this on Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing Part II - Lower Back.
- Have everyone hold their upper body upright and vertical and notice where their shoulder is and try it again with healthy position.
Make sure everyone breathes. A bad habit promoted by much popular fitness is tightening the abdominal and backside muscles to do minor movements. People hold their breath. Make sure all can do full relaxed belly breathing while holding neutral spine and reaching both arms overhead. Remind all to keep their shoulders down and not raise the shoulders when they raise the arms.
Functional Group Bookspan Basics:
- Info on this new Functional Training program - Back to School With Fitness Fixer
- First Group Functional Training Exercise, Good Bending for Back and Knees
- Second Group Functional Training Exercise: Ankle Stability and Ability
- Third Group Functional Training Exercise: Ankles and Knees in Jumps and Landings
- Fourth Group Functional Training Exercise, Functional Upper Back Stretch
- Fifth Group Functional Training: Ankle and Knee Safety With Lateral Movement
- Sixth Group Functional Training: Advancing Ankle and Knee Safety With Single Leg Movement
- The Seventh and more in this series will soon be on DrBookspan.com.
Related Fitness Fixers for Overhead Reaching:
- Change Daily Reaching to Get Ab Exercise and Stop Back and Shoulder Pain
- Overlooked Ab Muscles in Overhead Lifts
- Safer Overhead Military Press
- Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing Part I - Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injury
- Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing - More Part I
- Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing Part II - Lower Back
Read success stories and send your own. See if your answers are already here - on DrBookspan.com and the Fitness Fixer Index. Limited Class space for personal feedback. Top students may earn certification through DrBookspan.com/Academy. More fun in Dr. Bookspan's Books.
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