Hanging Around

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Yesterday’s post covered some healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily life. General tips that could help with a healthy lifestyle, and from the mindset of putting health right smack dab in the middle of everything. Today I’d like to give a little more specific health tip that I learned from Ido Portal, his team, and of course his method.

Ben doing a 1-arm hang. Once strong enough to do it, a great way to get stronger and explore real shoulder mobility.

Ben doing a 1-arm hang. Once strong enough to do it, it’s a great way to get stronger and explore real shoulder mobility.

Shoulder Health

There are a lot of things you can do to keep your shoulders healthy and moving well. Some methods incorporate bands, a lacrosse ball, massage, isolated strength movements, etc. But one of the simplest things you can do to keep those shoulders healthy or regain some lost mobility is hanging. Anywhere, any time, try to find something you can support your weight on and hang from it. It doesn’t have to be all your weight either, but certainly can be.

We’ve programmed passive hanging, active hanging, one-arm hanging and a whole bunch of other hanging exercises in the past, and I would recommend you implement what you’ve learned and played with in the gym into what you do every day. Hanging is one of the basic functions of being human (like squatting), and unfortunately we do less and less as we grow old. And if you think about skills like climbing and pulling, they have to start with the ability to hang.

For more on hanging, I don’t know that it’s been covered in better detail than Ido’s posts. Start on the hanging post, and read on in his blog.

Workout of the Day 6/16/2017 – Friday

CrossFit

A. Maintenance
Snatch Balance 4 x 3

B. Met-Con
Partner WOD
AMRAP 10:
Partner A: 15/12 Calorie Row
Partner B: Max Reps Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)

Switch when row is complete. Score BBJO. Rest 2 minutes, then…

C. Met-Con
Partner WOD
AMRAP 10:
Partner A: 200m Run
Partner B: Max Reps Wall Balls (20#/14#)

Switch when run is complete. Score total wall balls. Rest 2 minutes, then…

D. Met-Con
Partner WOD
AMRAP 10:
Partner A: 30 Double Unders
Partner B: Max Reps Power Snatches (75#/55#)

Switch when double unders are complete. Score total snatches.