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Summer has officially arrived and it’s time to show off those shoulders! In addition to having your shoulders look good, it’s important that they move well! One of my favorite moves to target shoulder mobility and build strength are halo exercises. A halo movement takes a weight of your choosing up around your head in a circular direction putting your shoulders through a large range of motion while incorporating your upper back.
Halo exercises are also a great way to warm-up the shoulders, and to spice up lunges and squats. I also love how halo exercises help strengthen coordination. As a fitness trainer and a group exercise instructor, I often hear people say that they struggle with coordination. The good news is, coordination is a skill and not necessarily a talent, which means with repetition you can improve! So don’t let lack of coordination stop you, go ahead try one or a few of these halo exercises!
To perform the halo, there are many options of equipment you can use including: kettlebell, medicine ball, dumbbell, weight plate, or even a ViPR.
Here are five of my favorite halo exercises:
1. REVERSE LUNGE WITH HALO – use a ViPR
2. SIDE LUNGE WITH HALO – use a medicine ball
3. MED BALL SLAM WITH HALO – use a slam ball
4. SQUAT WITH HALO – use a weighted plate
5. TALL KNEELING HALO – use a dumbbell
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