Exercise of the Week: PNF Backstroke

PNF Backstroke from the Upper Body Opening series

My left shoulder has been a problem for me for a long time. When I was young it was very hypermobile, what some people would call "double jointed". I could make the shoulder joint move without moving anything else. I'm also pretty sure when I had my car accident the shoulder was injured along with my neck and spine. It's a frequent source of pain. This exercise has been helping alot lately.

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Exercise of the Week: Leg Lifts with Rotation on the Ladder

Leg Lifts with Rotation on the Ladder

The Ladder and it's updated version, the Archway, let you do movements that would be practically impossible to do any other way. Having the shoulder girdle be the static part of the body allows freer lower body movement. And having your pelvis up on the bolster lets your legs have a larger range of motion than you could do on the floor.

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Exercise of the Week: Wingmaster Setting 2, Reverse Tai Chi Standing

Wingmaster Setting 2 - Reverse Tai Chi Standing

I named this group of exercises "tai chi" because if you take the Wingmaster away and visualize the movement it kind of looks like a movement you'd see in actual tai chi. It's not an actual tai chi movement, but bicycles or dolphin from the Hamstring Series aren't actually how to ride a bicycle or how a dolphin moves either. It's metaphors, man.

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