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Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Trunk rotation:

  • Rotate side to side with no resistance, keeping your feet planted. You want to rotate from the hips as well as the shoulders.
  • Perform 10-15 rotations side to side.

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy MovementsWarm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

RDL (Romanian deadlift) for hip hinging mechanics:

  • Many of us tend to use our back for shoveling. We want to emphasize utilizing our legs and our hips to drive the strength of shoveling.
  • The goal with a RDL is to hinge at the hips and bring the shovel along your shins.
  • Perform 10-15 RDLs with your shovel to activate those hip muscles.

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Shoveling technique

  • When shoveling, utilize the hip hinge to get into a good position for your core to be activated.
  • As pictured, bend at the knees and hips to bring your center of mass lower.
  • The shoveling motion should then be driven from your legs: see the transition from picture 1 to 2 below.

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

 

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