New answers tagged flexibility
Well, for example with Olympic lifts, specifically the Overhead Squat, being flexible is going to give you better form, better muscle contraction, better hand-grip positioning, where the bar travels, how far back or forward it goes. Being flexible in the areas of your body that are ball and socket (i.e shoulder, hips) is important in any strength training ...
Having the minimum flexibility necessary to do something is suboptimal in a number of ways. One's flexibility varies naturally day-to-day, so one might not be able to do something on a given day, or might be able to do it only by compromising posture. Strength nearer the end range of motion is reduced, at the same time that injury risk is increased. ...
I had the same problem. Make sure you stretch, http://stronglifts.com/shoulders-dislocations/ and keep at it. It will gradually improve. Also checkout Rips video on the grip. http://www.allthingsgym.com/mark-rippetoe-on-the-squat-bar-position/
I don't know how to improve it but I found a test here to assess it with open hands so do not grap your hands like that (cheating). I found this link somehow after reading Kate's answer here about assessing fitness, excellent!
I am now of the opinion that for novices lacking strength and mobility, the deadlift should be replaced by bodyweight work. In order, the trainee should prove they are able to do: Supermans, to demonstrate and develop control over the erector spinae, then... Unweighted back extensions (if one has or can make the equipment), for hypertrophy, endurance, and ...
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