This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.
In Part 4, the push-up is taken to the rings, where the support or finish position externally rotates the shoulders. Getting organized with a tight belly and squeezed butt is essential to hold The Position and allows the athlete to initiate the movement through the shoulders as opposed to the elbows. Initiate through the elbows, and you’re making a mistake that can lead to injury. Proper push-up mechanics translate into proper bench-pressing and overhead-lifting mechanics.
“Now we start to understand that it’s about cultivating this neutral position and being able to externally rotate,” Starrett says.
Additional reading: Support Strength on the Rings by Tyler Hass, published April 1, 2007.