Mobility and recovery expert Kelly Starrett has a lot of unique ways to improve a client’s range of motion and flexibility without traditional static stretching. By using some basic principles of physical therapy coupled with around-the-house objects, Starrett takes a few athletes at CrossFit Santa Cruz through a series of two-minute drills aimed at improving their performance.
The first in this multi-part series takes on the thoracic spine and its relationship to shoulder mobility and overhead capacity. One simple yet slightly painful drill can drastically open up impinged shoulders and improve one’s overhead position.
“Treat what you find,” Starrett says.
Well, it’s time to take out the lacrosse ball and find out what’s slowing down your Fran time.
Additional reading: Part 1—Tuning the CrossFit Athlete by Daniel Christie, published Jan. 16, 2010.