Overhead stability is extremely important for safe and efficient execution of overhead lifts, as well as movements on the rig and rings. Many athletes lack the strength and the stability in their scapular muscles (muscles between the shoulder blades), and overuse their pectoral muscles, muscles in the front of the shoulder, and rotator cuff instead of their upper back muscles during overhead activity. Improvement in overhead stability can also help with pulling strength (pull ups, toes to bar, muscle ups, etc). Below are a couple of examples of exercises that we can do to begin working on overhead stability. The below listed exercises are just a couple of the many that can be used for both activation before performing any overhead activities or as accessory work. Please consult with a coach if you have any questions!

 

  1. Band Pull Apart on Foam Roller (Beginner Exercise)

  2. Overhead Banded Kettlebell Hold/Carry (Advanced Exercise)