Today’s vlog post is of an advanced breast stroke variation I developed. My motivations for developing this variation were:
- To provide greater to challenge to my advanced clients
- To integrate more dynamic shoulder and arm strengthening into this exercise.
More specifically, I wanted to target muscles that abduct the arm, abduct (or protract) the scapulas, and upwardly rotate (or elevate) the scapulas.
Pro Tip: If you attend training session where the trainer in constantly barking at you to press your shoulders down or squeeze your shoulder blades together no matter what your arm position is, think twice about this. Remember that as your arms move, in order to maintain glenohumeral congruency (i.e.- safe and strong shoulders) the position of your scapulas should reflect the position of your arms to a certain extent.