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German Hang for Shoulder Extension and Arm Strength
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Sep 26, 2016
The German Hang is excellent for improving shoulder extension and strength through the arms, including grip strength.
When starting out, you can do an assisted form of the German Hang whereby you roll backward through the rings and allow your feet to touch the ground, where they can absorb some of your body weight. Once you feel comfortable enough with the assisted version to support your entire body weight, you can try doing the same maneuver but don't allow your feet to touch the ground.
As you are suspended in the German Hang, try to relax your shoulders to allow for maximum extension.
Aim to hold the Assisted German Hang and the Unassisted German Hang for 30 seconds at a time.
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