Better Shoulder Extension = Better Bench and Dips
Today’s mission is a good reminder to always keep an eye on your good old fashion shoulder extension. On the MWod, we spend a good deal of time working on shoulder internal rotation, which let’s be honest is horrible in about ninety-nine percent of the athletes we run into. Extension heavy movements like the dip or bench press expose the shoulder to both high extension and internal rotation demands. The problem with mobilizing both is that there is such a large potential to loose ideal shoulder positioning. This results in mobilizations that don’t actual fix the problem (like mobilizing your calf but collapsing your ankle). One of our favorite dorky physio games is to go through all the PT journals and pick out all the crappy shoulder positions people are being tested in. It’s a wonderful/horrible drinking game to be sure. One of the central tenents of the MWod is to always mobilize in a good, joint stable position. In extension, this mean keeping your shoulders back where they belong. And because you are so tight, you are gonna need a band back up.