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Mobility Exercises

Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This is arguably one of the most helpful stretches you can do to keep your shoulders healthy for overhead activity. Read more

 

Deep Active Stretch To Improve Shoulder Mobility

This is highly effective for lengthening the posterior deltoid region, including rotator cuff muscles and back muscles that govern scapular movement. Read more

 

An Introduction to 90/90 Hip Mobility Exercises

90/90 hip mobility work is highly effective for improving functional range of motion of your hip joints.

Before beginning 90/90 work, I suggest warming up your spine, particularly your lower spine, as sitting in the 90/90 position can put some strain on your spine and surrounding soft tissues, and thoroughly warming up your back will decrease risk of straining muscles and ligaments in and around your spine. Read more

 

A Fun Way to Work on Front and Back Levers

This is a look at how to use a simple resistance band to provide enough support for most people to have fun with gymnastics holds like the front and back lever.

Both levers are excellent for developing core, scapular, and grip strength.

When doing the back lever, the goal is to keep your abs and glutes engaged while your scapulae are protracted and depressed. Read more

 

Variations of Squats to Improve Balance, Core Strength, and Lower Body Mobility

A deck squat is the name for the movement pattern of rolling gently onto one's back, then using the momentum of rolling forward into a body-weight squat. Read more

 

Negative Body Levers to Develop Core Strength

If you feel comfortable with basic plank poses, side twists, arches, and crunches, to further develop functional core strength, you can add negative body levers to your training routine.

You'll need a comfortable surface to lie back on - a yoga mat or gym mats work well - as well as a strong anchor point that you can secure your hands on behind your head. Read more

 

Daily Release For Tight Hips

For those looking to address or prevent hip pain and stiffness without having to get on the ground, this is a simple and highly effective way of improving hip health daily. Read more

 

Joshua Lee Turner

If you're a fan of music by Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline, I think you'll appreciate the brilliance of Joshua Lee Turner who is more than underground famous via his YouTube channel. Below is a sampling of his wide range of fun and inspiring collaborations with fellow highly skilled musicians. Joshua is currently on tour on the east coast of the States and the UK - dates and locations are listed at his site, linked above.

Crazy - Patsy Cline Cover Featuring Allison Young: Read more

 

A Simple Hip Opening Movement - Helpful For Preventing Hip Dysfunction and Degeneration

Just as we can improve shoulder mobility by extending our arms upward while keeping them in the same plane as our trunk, we can improve hip mobility with a similar setup. Read more

 

Controlled Articular Rotations While Standing

Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) are a staple of Functional Range Conditioning, a system of improving human mobility taught by Dr. Andreo Spina.

For those who have trouble getting to the ground to exercise, this video provides a look at some CARs that one can do while standing.

As you should do with all exercises, please be mindful of breathing regularly and deeply as you do CARs. You can linger in areas where you feel some stickiness. Read more

 

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