Is there a proper way to hang from a bar? Well yes and no, I hate that answer but it really depends on context. Today however we are just going to go over the active shoulder position.
Now what does that mean:
- Active shoulders just means pulling down on the bar
- not just hanging relying on the structures of the shoulder for support.
When is this important?
- Primarily when you’re doing any sort of dynamic movements
- I.e. pull-ups, hanging leg raises, etc
Why does it matter?
- It puts a lot less stress on the ligaments around your shoulder as well as your AC joint
- It creates a stable position for your shoulder to generate force and builds a good foundation
How do I do it?
- Its actually fairly simple to teach
- Think about pulling the bar without bending your elbows
- This should automatically make your shoulder blades pull down and get your head away from your shoulders
Can I get better at it?
- These are actually called scap-pullups and they can help a ton with building strength in and around the shoulder blade
Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions!