Simple Shoulder Mobility: Routine Inside!

As a Pilates teacher and fitness professional, I often ask myself if what I’m sharing aspirational or inaccessible. On one hand, it’s important to walk your talk and demonstrate that you have an understanding of how to get from “A” (the beginning) to “B” (the thing you’re trying to help someone achieve).

However, if you’re someone who is at point “A” and struggling with your fitness, body image, or confidence in your physical abilities, then it’s likely that you don’t have an understanding of all the small, manageable steps that can get you to point “B,” which can make getting there appear downright impossible.

It’s easy to see a fitness professional effortlessly hauling heavy weights or a Pilates teacher doing a gorgeous walkover on the Cadillac and think “I could never do that.” I never want anyone to feel that way, which is why it’s so important to me to help people realize that improving fitness and building strength doesn’t have to be scary. It is possible to lift weights and master challenging exercises without feeling confused, overwhelmed, or so sore that you can’t use your arms for days after a workout.

Ultimately, mastering fitness and taking care of your joints requires two things:  

1) An understanding of how your joints work and the underlying components required to build functional movement patterns and strength.

2) A specific roadmap to get there.

The shoulders, for instance, are incredibly amazing yet complicated and sometimes the best way to see what’s happening is a using a towel.

This is why I reached out to my colleague and experienced strength and conditioning coach Meghan Ramos to help me develop a foundational 12-week weight training program to go with the digital book I had written, which explains how to troubleshoot upper body stiffness and discomfort during exercises, such as planks and push-ups.

It’s not that this information isn’t out there. However, many of us miss it on our fitness or teaching journey, because it’s often conveyed using confusing technical jargon and intimidating medical drawings. Similarly, many “beginner” weight training programs often have rather complicated exercises and don’t include the information that many of us need to feel confident and safe getting started.

Our goal is to change that, which is why the PUSH IT REAL GOOD book and program includes practical information about how your joints work, video tutorials, and illustrations to convey complicated, yet important movement concepts.

Yes, it’ll help you or your clients master push-ups, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a comprehensive, full body mobility and strength program with a beautiful digital book to explain why and how this all works.

Even if you never read the book or follow the program, Meg and I want this to get this information out there, which is why we’re planning free content on how to get started weight training. You can find out more here.

Nikki Naab-Levy

About Nikki Naab-Levy

Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach

Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury. She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. Journalism from Ohio University and was second place in the 2018 Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in Girls Gone Strong, The Seattle Times, and Men’s Fitness. She is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System. When she’s not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates class, you can find her hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her corgi Charlie, practicing improv, and chain-drinking Americanos. To learn more about Nikki, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.