WODdoc Episode 214 Project365: Shoulder Stability GHD Style

Lots of great ways to stabilize the shoulder. Today we are incorporating in a GHD. Well…. why would we do that? What does a GHD have to do with shoulder stability?

To answer that, perform this simple task. Raise your arms above your head and shrug upward and downward (reverse shrug).  Now bend over at the waist (so your chest is horizontal) and perform the same movement. Hopefully you can do it in both positions but you will probably notice when you were bent over the movement was more difficult.

Why is that? It’s because you caused all the muscles of the back to fire and most likely fired up those infamous upper traps as well. I like this drill because it replicates what happens when we are supporting a load overhead. Who cares if we have perfect scapular positioning when we are standing around gazing at the stars. It means nothing if we loose it to overactive traps when adding a load. Hence, it’s important to be able to maintain scapular (shoulder blade) control at all times. This is what today’s activity is aimed at doing.


Today’s WODdocket:

1. Pick one of the two progressions in today’s video and perform 3 sets of 6-8 reps.