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.
In Part 3 of this series, Starrett turns to the pull-up bands present in most CrossFit gyms to help create a stretch that’s impossible without some assistance. By pulling the shoulder straight overhead the athlete is able to manipulate parts of the girdle that are difficult to reach through traditional stretching. The end result is improved range through the socket, which gives the athlete increased capacity overhead.
Additional reading: Your Form Sucks by Dr. John Zimmer, published May 22, 2010.