This week's Move of the Week is a Lateral Shuffle Rotational Wall Slam and is a fun way to practice our power and using our whole body to connect to a movement. There is something to say for a slam you feel strong and powerful in and being able to move your body in the way you want it to. I know for a lot of us slams are a great way to get some of our everyday stress released in a healthy way, making us feel so good and relieved when the session is over!
To start us off we want to be in our best athletic stance. Soft bend to the knees making that solid connection to the floor. Elevating and connecting to your core creating stability and lastly using the ball in our hands to push our hands together and create tension through our lats.
Pushing us off with a quick lateral shuffle to work on our agility and being light on our toes. The timing will be important to not take too few or too many steps with the shuffle. As we get to the wall we will pivot/rotate pushing through our back foot to drive us into our full body rotation and release the ball into our slam. Our power will come from the rotation using our obliques and lats into the follow through. We want to feel like we are throwing the ball through the wall! It is important to not throw with our arms and leave the rest of our body behind. This will create fatigue in our arms and reduce our power quickly when the rest of our body should really be doing the work.
This move should be fun! Being able to move a little faster and work the whole body at once. Once you discover how strong your body can be once you connect to all those muscles is an awesome feeling!
Keys to success:
1. Connect to your lats before shuffling (connect through posture)
2. Timing in your shuffle steps
3. Strong connection to the floor through your rotation
4. Use the power of your body to slam not just your arms
5. Have fun!!
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.