In this video we answer the question of: “what is the best pre-workout exercise to prepare my shoulders for overhead lifting, pressing and pull ups?”

Longevity exercise physiologist James Davis and Founder Jarrat Wood demonstrate good shoulder positioning in this ‘prehab’ exercise to help prevent and manage healthy shoulders for overhead pressing particularly in Olympic lifts such as the snatch and the jerk. This same exercise is an excellent warm up for pull ups.

“You may not know that it (the rotator cuff) incorporates 4 muscles: teres minor, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis.”

The rotator cuff is a commonly injured part of the shoulder musculature. You may not know that it incorporates 4 muscles: teres minor, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis. They internally and externally rotate the shoulder and it is the external rotators that are most commonly injured. This exercise positions the shoulder in the safest position to prevent excessive load on the external rotators.