Breathe Your Way to Better Shoulder Flexibility


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Diaphragmatic breathing is true core stabilization. Diaphragmatic breathing is different than chest breathing and often confused with belly breathing.  If you are just breathing into your belly and not expanding the sides of your ribs as the diaphragm pushes down – you are stuck in a dysfunctional breathing pattern.  The banded breathing exercise will teach you to breathe into your sides creating a lateral expansion of the ribcage.

What you may find is that breathing this way instantly improves your shoulder flexibility…

DNS practitioner, Hans Lindgren – explains, “When asked which muscle is the most important in providing scapular stability – I am sure most people would think of the serratus anterior or the trapezius. I would probably have done the same before I started to study with Pavel Kolar in the DNS program.

My answer to that question would now be the diaphragm.

The stabilizers of the scapula need a fixed anchor point to pull towards. That anchor point in this case is the lower lateral ribcage and the “core” all stabilized by the diaphragmatic contraction.

shoulder flexibility

Build to a tough double hang power clean
12 Minute AMRAP
LIFE: 5 Hang power cleans + 5 burpees + 5 box ups + 5 push ups
FITNESS: 5 Hang power cleans at 75% of double + 10 burpees box ups + kipping handstand pushups
SPORT: 5 Hang power clean at 165/105 + 10 burpees box ups 24”/20”+ strict handstand pushups