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.
After achieving more thoracic mobility through our last segment (The Keg Drill), Part 5 takes us on an exploration of shoulder position. Can you see your shoulders popping out in front of you when you do ring dips or muscle-ups? If so, you are loading poor position, which can challenge your tissue. At best, your performance will be hampered, and at worst you are risking injury.
According to Starrett, you need to “get on it” and address your internal rotation, so grab your handy lacrosse ball and dig in to restore your sliding surfaces.
Additional reading: Hamstrung by Kelly Starrett, published July 1, 2007.