Scapula push ups are a great way to develop a mobile and strong upper body.
Scapula push ups are a great way to develop a mobile and strong upper body. The main muscle being used here is called serratus anterior. This muscle helps stabilise the scapula, holding it down onto the thoracic cage. Scapula stability is really important particularly for office workers because it helps stabilise the head and neck preventing conditions such as a forward head posture 💻 which can contribute to headaches, neck problems, and of course shoulder pain. Imbalances of musculature are also important to address, and for those who regularly do bench press an imbalance between the pecs and serratus anterior can give a rounded shoulder appearance typical in gym goers 🏋🏽. Bench press does not work this muscle as your scapula are stabilised by the bench. To do this exercise come down into a push up position and lock out your arms twisting the eye of your elbow to point forwards (external rotation of your arms). Then maximally squeeze your shoulder blades together and then push the ground away. The movement should be smooth and controlled and use the maximum range of motion. Don’t allow your body to sag and don’t allow your shoulders to move towards your ears.