PART 2: If you've just come across this video, make sure you check out Part 1 from yesterday where Tom looked at a possible solution to Golfer's Elbow! In this video today, we're looking at one of Tom's favourite shoulder mobility exercises... another one he's been using for years and considers highly beneficial to his shoulder health.
This mobility exercise (whether doing the unweighted or weighted version) is a great tool for exploring the range of motion in the rotator cuff, upper back and shoulders, relevant to a lot of climbing movement. Like many new exercises, you want to start off with the intensity at a very low level and simply learn how the exercise works and what your body's response to it is. Once you've got a few sessions under your belt and you're comfortable, then have a look at some of the weighted mobility work (we're big fans of this, along with many physios and coaches in modern sports practice) and build it up slowly.
As Tom points out in the video, it's not about going to "max" in terms of discomfort. It's more appropriate for most individuals to stay at the rough 2 out of 5 level and explore the ROM on a frequent basis rather than having huge, exhaustive sessions. This works well as something to do after a climbing session or at the end of your warm up before climbing.
Check in soon for more of these as we have James Walker from the Sheffield Climbing Clinic booked in for some more filming this month!
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