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Upper Body Stretches for Olympic Weightlifting

Glenn Pendlay has two Upper Body Flexibility Exercises for Olympic Weightlifters (see the Lower Body Stretches for Weightlifters here).

Update: Added YouTube video below.

Glenn Pendlay Shoulder Flexibility Dislocates Narrow Start Jon North

Shoulder Dislocates Starting Position

First are the classic Shoulder Dislocates (or Pass Throughs) with PVC pipes or broomsticks.

These are a great exercise in order to get you ready to catching the snatch in a good upright position and hold the bar behind your head.

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Glenn Pendlay Jon North Shoulder Flexibility Dislocates Narrow End

Shoulder Dislocates End Position

To progress simply move your hands in closer and closer on this exercise.

The second drill is is a partner stretch for improving the flexibility for the rack position in the clean.

Glenn Pendlay Jon North Shoulder Flexibility Clean Rack Position Partner Stretch

Front Rack Position

Glenn Pendlay Jon North Shoulder Flexibility Clean Rack Position Partner Stretch Bromance

Front Rack Position Stretch Bromance

Also remember Kelley Starrett’s front rack position mobility wod.

Check out Mobility 101 for more mobility awesomeness.

Upper Body Stretches for Olympic Weightlifting is a post by Gregor Winter from All Things Gym.

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