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    Building a Better Front Rack: Shoulder and Trunk Stability Relationship

    Building a Better Front Rack: Shoulder and Trunk Stability Relationship

    12/04/2012

    Hey Mwodies, Today’s episode is about exploring the relationship of a mechanically sound shoulder position in the front rack and it’s effects on your upper back stability.  The relationship is simple.  You have to have a stable, well positioned trunk  off of which you can organize the primary engine of the shoulder.  Here is where it gets interesting.  The stability and torque created by the well organized shoulder structure creates a reciprocating stabilizing effect on the trunk.  This is the same effect that we see when we create torque at the hip to keep the pelvis and lumbar upright.  In…

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    The 500th Video; Great Sub-Scap Shoulder Smash Drill

    The 500th Video; Great Sub-Scap Shoulder Smash Drill

    11/29/2012

    Hey Leopard Legion, Today’s MWod episode is a great fix for those pesky tight tissues of your armpit/scap region.  When athletes are missing basic range of motion (Ie. they are dys-supple) the body has to account for force generation in those compromised and compensated positions.  For example, if your shoulder sits anterior in the socket (Delta-Bravo shoulder postion) muscles of your rotator cuff like the subscapularis have to work in really horrific positions.  This is one of the reasons why poor positioning begets poor mobility (it’s a wonderfully developed positive feed back loop that creates work for doctors, physios, chiros,…

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    It’s Not Just Absolute Position, It’s Stability as Well

    It’s Not Just Absolute Position, It’s Stability as Well

    11/27/2012

    Hey Mwodies, I am often asked the question, stability or mobility first?  It turns out that this question is very straight forward.  The answer is both.  It’s not exactly possible to pull out the stability requirements out of the movements of your limbs.  The stable shoulder position in overhead movements (in end range flexion) is always accompanied by an external rotation torque force in the shoulder joint.  If you are missing this rotation, you are missing full range of motion.  Period.  You can’t simply take out the rotational components (read: stabilizing and positional) of a movement and train it later. …