“The serratus anterior plays a major role in helping you raise your arms above shoulder height,” writes Dr. Chiro in an Instagram post, describing the muscle at the vertebral border of scapula. “It also helps stabilize the shoulder, protects against neck pain, and helps you hold good posture.” Scapular push ups summons the strength of the Serratus anterior, and helps the shoulder work with both strength and a complete range of motion. In other words, it’s a win-win. Ready to learn the best move out there for improving shoulder mobility? The scapula push up has you covered.
Below, you’ll find Dr. Chiro’s instructions. She advises starting at the wall, then slowly making your way to a bench then the floor as you get stronger. No matter what surface you choose, repeat three sets of 10 reps.
1. Start with your hands on a wall, bench, or floor, with your hands directly under your shoulders.
2. Keep your spine neutral.
3. Engage your core and glutes so your hips don’t sink.
4. Keeping your arms extended, pinch your shoulder blades together.
5. Retract your shoulder blades by drawing them together, then detract them by pulling them apart. Lower your body slightly. Push back up.