7 Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility and Strength for Crossfitters

Shoulder mobility and strength are vital for many exercises in Crossfit such as pull ups, wall balls, kettlebell work and all overhead barbell exercises. Here are 7 ways to work on these aspects of your fitness.

Firstly, let’s start with a shoulder mobility test so you can assess your current standard.

OVERHEAD AND SHOULDER MOBILITY TEST

“Good overhead positioning is obviously crucial in CrossFit. This is a great exercise/test to see how your overhead positioning is. With good spinal alignment, straight arms and the hands blocked by the barbell (as shown in the video). Actively raise the hands off the barbell maintaining the same arm and spinal position and try to hold for 30 seconds. Athletes with poor overhead positioning will struggle with this, probably more so than in the video.” John Singleton.

 

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Check out the next page to see how Canadian CrossFit Games athlete Brent Fikowski works on his shoulder strength and mobility.

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.

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