Shoulder to Overhead Barbell Warm-Up
Video by Gaje McDaniel
There are many ways to prepare our shoulders for overhead movements as we saw in Monday’s post. Dynamic, static and banded stretching are great ways to start warming up prior to grabbing a barbell. When we choose to finally warm-up with a barbell, it’s important to implement technique as we warm up.
This is a very simple drill and is also one of my favorites. We start with three movements: strict press, push jerk and split jerk. Each time we are adding more movement to allow for all muscle groups to get their chance to warm up and prep for the movements in our training session.
The overall points of performance to note when performing this warm-up are:
- Hands remain in full grip throughout all three movements
- Keep the bar close
- Strong and fast lockout overhead
- Make every rep a quality rep
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