Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, April 2, 2015
Joint awareness and stability is essential for powerful, efficient, and safe weightlifting technique. The more complex the joint, the more concentration and control is required.
The joint with the greatest range of motion (and thus the greatest potential for poor position) is the shoulder.
Stability in the shoulder requires us to isometrically plug the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) into the glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder socket). This keeps the connective tissues surrounding the intricate shoulder joint safely contracted, so they do not become strained by load bearing exercise.
For some of, however, it is difficult to activate or even recognize this joint integrity.
(Interesting Anatomical Fact of the Day: Did you know we have neurological sensors in our joints called proprioceptors that interpret information about joint angle, length, and tension?)
To help build our awareness (or proprioception) of shoulder joint integrity, and to strengthen the joint in general, we will be doing waiter’s walks as part of today’s strength training programming.
This exercise, combined with mobility work, and will ensure that our shoulders are strong and pliable enough to safely perform all the shoulder exercises we do here at SICFIT Scottsdale.
Burpee + Small Lap Sprint