Noah Ohlsen
Source: CrossFit Inc

7 Great Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility & 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.

SHOULDER PRESS

The Shoulder Press (also known as the Strict Press or Overhead Press) is a compound exercise that involves lifting a weighted barbell overhead to a fully locked out position with the strict use of the shoulders and arms.

Pressing the bar overhead is still one of the most useful upper body exercises you can do. This highly effective exercise involves the entire body. Your feet, legs, glutes, core, abs, hips, ankles and wrists help to stabilise the body whilst your shoulders, upper chest, back and arms press the bar overhead.

BENEFITS OF THE OVERHEAD PRESS

The Overhead Press produces great strength in your core and back as well as shoulder and arms. It trains the whole body to balance while standing and pressing overheard the weight. It taxes your full body and CNS (central nervous system) as well as increasing your ability to control and stabilise heavy weights above your head. This is incredibly useful for improving your:

  • Push Press
  • Push Jerk / Split Jerk
  • Thrusters
  • Pull Ups
  • Muscle Ups

How to Improve your Shoulder Press

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