Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scooter Shoulder: Around the World

Begin on the knees with hands flat on a pair of scooters. Move the hands lateral to medial in a semi circular pattern as the torso is lowered to the floor. As the scooters meet above the head, pull the hands straight back & return the torso back to the starting position. Naturally the lower the torso is to the floor, the more difficult the exercise is. 4 sets of 8 reps is good.

This exercise really challenges glenohumeral stability in an integrated manner. It's appropriate for throwers, swimmers, & wrestlers.

7 comments:

The Iron Maven said...

Love it!

JH said...

Joe,

What sport does this athlete play?

Jonathan

Joe Przytula said...

baseball at Montclair U. - stopped in for a few winter recess workouts.

JH said...

Joe,

Would you be willing to shed some insight as to what's goign on with the scap stabilizers during this movement? (Traps, rhombs, serratus)

Thanks,
Jonathan

Kev said...

Joe,

For those who may not have scooters available ....

Another colleague turned me onto the idea of using furniture mover discs on a gym floor for things like closed chain UE exercises. I bought some this weekend at Home Depot for $11. They have a little faux wool cover that really glides nicely on smooth floors.

They work well for doing quadruped mountain climbers for hip flexor strains. Come to think of it this would be some good core stuff as well.

Thanks for the blog! I check in on you at least once a week.

Joe Przytula said...

JH- Remember in function, we use different nomenclature. Yeah I'm interested in all of the above, but also that I'm getting hip to shoulder & how I'm getting there. Because you're on your knees, we've tweaked out much of the lower extremity. The entire "front fascial line" as Myers calles it loads & explodes. In G2 terminology, I guess I'd call this one "integrated integration" since I'm really not after one particuar muscle group. Getting all the muscles you mentioned to sing together, rather than to get one individual screaming. Try a few sets & see where you feel sore the next day- if you're not, try doing it with a weight vest.

Joe Przytula said...

Kev- thanks for the furniture disk idea. Creates more resistance, but increases stability. Cool stability/force tweak.