Smashing Rambo’s Chocolate Bars | Ep. 33

Serratus anterior (SA) isn’t often the first thought when your shoulder starts barking. Actually when I think of SA, the first thing that comes to mind is Rambo.  That scene where he fixes the shrapnel wound with gun powder and fire.  Badass points if you know it…. double badass points if you’re a girl and you and know it. Anyway, they look like snickers bars stuck to the side of his chest. Hence, the nickname Rambos chocolate bars.

rambo

 

Here is what they do. SA takes the shoulder blades and moves them up and out of the way, giving more room for the arm to move overhead. When they get shortened and dysfunctional that shoulder blade tends to get stuck down and the arm runs out of room.  Then the arm bone starts smashing into tendons and pinching things causing all sorts of impingements.

Lets not let that happen. Smash and stretch Rambo’s chocolate bars for better shoulder function.

Today’s Prescription:

1. SA smash 2-5mins

2. SA pocket mob 2mins

3. SA wall stretch 2 mins

** All don’t bilaterally **

Know Your Anatomy:

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Highlighted in pictures above: Serratus Anterior

 

Don’t Forget About Your Pull-ups!!!

 

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