crossfit athletes shoulder mobility and strength

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.


“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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