As we drive further into the realm of technology, our daily activities are influencing our posture and how well we move.
A hunched over posture leads to short pecs, long and weak upper back muscles, poor tissue quality throughout the upper body, alignment issues, and shoulder problems.
Lately I have been using the following three exercises I learned from Tony Gentilcore by incorporating them in my warmups with clients and fillers in between sets to improve shoulder health.
Supinated Band Pull Apart
One of the best exercises you can to do promote shoulder health. The traditional band pull apart with palms facing down works scapular retraction and internal shoulder rotation. When you do a band pull apart with palms facing up, the shoulder joint has a bit more room to move allowing more recruitment of the rotator cuff while promoting scapular stability.
A great drill that works on posterior cuff strength, scapular movement, rotator cuff strength, and illicit a slight stretch in the pecs. Most people will get excessive range of motion through their low backs, so you will want to make sure you are driving the motion through your scapular. Make the number 11 with your arms and drive the movement through the elbows. Notice that there is not a ton of motion, so do not judge this movement by the range of motion.
This is just a combination drill that really works on total body strength. More specifically band walks promote shoulder and trunk stability by teaching the body to move as a unit.