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Mobility: "Jacks Without Jumps!"

Jack Jump-1    Jack Jump-2

OBJECTIVE: Open up shoulders & lats.

  1. Stand upright with palms pressing into outer thighs.

  2. Swing straight arms up directly over head and slap palms together.

  3. Take palms back to starting position on thighs then repeat.

  4. Perform 5-10 reps.

Exercise Figure Tips: Try to reach straight over head and shoulders if you can so you get the maximum "opening" benefit to increase shoulder mobility.  Your elbows should be right over your ears as you finish the reach.  You can safely add some quickness to this one making it more functional.

  • A great simple exercise for keeping the ability to reach overhead in a full range of motion.  Many seniors today cannot reach over their heads--don't end up being one of them!  A great quick dynamic warm-up extra before heavy lifting too.

  • Mobility Exercises (Directions)
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*Note: This exercise is intended for "normal healthy" individuals.  If you have an injury, or abnormal pain is present,
see your physician or a certified physical therapist before continuing your exercises. 

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(Updated 5-31-05)

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