Different pullover and hanging variations to open up the shoulders. Great for developing overhead shoulder mobility.
To keep your shoulders healthy and functional, there needs to be sufficient levels of overhead shoulder flexibility and mobility.
Open shoulders is something many gymnasts, acrobats and yogis want to achieve for the perfect straight line handstand. "Closed shoulders" on the other hand means that there is a smaller than 180 degree angle between your shoulders and the spine (think of the banana handstand).
In order to have open shoulders, many of the shoulder and scapula muscles need to be strong and flexible. The exercises in the video and in this article will mainly focus on building the range of motion by stretching the shoulders open.
Building strength and range of motion in the shoulders will prevent injuries and also allow your shoulders to perform at a higher level.
Shoulder mobility plays a vital role in sports, martial arts and lifting weights. For example, your overhead press can increase by improving the overhead mobility and you will be able to throw freer punches.
For a structured mobility program, see Movement 20XX.