In this video I will show you how to keep your shoulders mobile and strong using two kettlebell drills.
1. Why you should do these kettlebell drills
2. What people usually do wrong
3. How to do it right
4. Please leave a comment if you have questions
Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body and at the same time the most vulnerable joint in your body. Since kettlebell training recruits so many different muscles, especially the muscles in and around your shoulders, we want to make sure we keep our shoulders healthy.
You can keep your shoulders healthy by first and foremost using proper form and listening to your body. You can also add shoulder specific drills in your warm-up or between sets to complement your kettlebell training.
The kettlebell halo is a great drill for improving flexibility in your upper body. The circular motion of the drill stretches the muscles in your chest, shoulders, upper back and triceps. The movement also lubricates your shoulder joints by bringing oxygen rich blood to the muscles that are stretching and contracting. Make sure to use a light kettlebell and make your halos smooth.
The kettlebell arm bar is a bit more advanced and requires you to have adequate flexibility and strength. Not only does this great drill stretch your shoulders and chest, it also helps strengthen your shoulder girdle by forcing you to stabilize a kettlebell as you settle into the stretch. The stabilization required to perform this drill will activate your lats and all those small muscles that make up your rotator cuff. Make sure to use a light bell at first and move slowly. If you experience wobbling while holding the bell, that's perfectly okay.
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