What every athlete should be doing but ISN’T!
Written by: Carlos Quiros
After learning this the hard way and having to go through extensive rotator cuff rehab some years back when I decided to give Olympic lifting a go I thought that I would write a blog post about rotator cuff health and being proactive instead of retroactive like myself. I love CrossFit, It’s GREAT! But as an early adopter of CrossFit (I started in 2008) nobody really told us then that butterfly pull ups, kipping, etc was bad for the rotator cuffs we just did them we saw Chris Spealler knock out 100 pull ups doing them.
What I didn’t realize was that he was probably doing all of his scapular/rotator cuff exercises after his WOD’s while I was just putting on a clean shirt, doing a quick 3 minute stretch session and pounding a PROGENEX recovery shake as fast as possible!
At my worst I was no longer able to do push ups, burpees, raise my arm above my shoulders or bench press. So to keep your rotator cuffs happy and healthy and not to the point of total destruction I have laid out a rotator cuff routine for you to follow. It’s simple, fast and effective. Equally as important are you glutes and keeping those strong so that your knees do not cave in on squats, snatches, cleans etc. I have also included an exercise for strengthening this area too.
Enjoy these and as always you can always ask me for more at CrossFit Born With It or have me demo them for you at the box.
CRAB WALKS: (Glutes)
90 Degree Rotations: