We’ve all got issues, not going to hide it, I’ve got a bunch. For the sake of everyone, I’ll stick to some physical limitations in my life and not bore you with the woes of my dating life or how I sat on a foam roller most of my Saturday afternoon… You can read in my earlier post about how I pushed my body to the limit in high school, and sometimes in college as well here (different goals… I was an athlete in high school; in college my weight training consisted of carrying 30 packs of beer which I’ve since replaced with real weights). Though I’ve learned to train smarter, not harder, I still see the repercussions of pole vaulting and horseback riding injuries. I’ve fallen off horses and landed on my shoulders, or just ripped on my shoulder socket each time I took a jump pole vaulting.
Recently, our entire gym along with all us Miss Fits took a functional movement test to draw out our weakness or tell us where we compensate for other body parts (find the website here: http://www.functionalmovement.com/). Big surprise, my shoulders were JACKED! Take a look to the left what passing rotator cuff mobility should look like, then below it is where I am. Yikes. The cool thing about knowing this weakness is that I can target and improve my shoulder mobility with correctives. You might hear “correctives” a lot from us; it’s basically a movement that improves our weaknesses. For me, I focus mainly on my shoulders. Baby roll has been one that I practice when I watch T.V., at the gym, to roll to my car from my apartment (kidding but seriously I do this movement all the time). It’s been helping with my core and my shoulders (Check out the baby roll here)
I’m not claiming to be a fitness expert, I’m just a 24 year old trying to get my body right and live a healthy life. I take these resources seriously that Jim gives us to do. They’re not exciting, but they make me sweat from the strain of correcting my jacked up body. My best advice I can give in my amateur opinion to anyone looking to obtain a healthy body-target the problem don’t compensate for it. Hopefully, with some baby rollin’ and other exercises, my shoulder mobility will increase in no time!