Only one more day left here in paradise, so in honor of this glorious weather here is one of my favorite exercises I just happened to film at the top of Kokohead Crater this past January.
I’s and Y’s
The goal of this exercise is not just to engage the mid and lower trap muscles, but also to challenge your ability to stabilize your core. As the arms raise up, it is easy to go into an anterior pelvic tilt to gain the feeling of more range of motion. You instead want to engage the glutes and abs to stabilize the lumbar spine and raise the arms only as high as you are able. I also like feeling of my shoulder blades going into my back pockets and space being maintained between the shoulder and ear.
Give these a try as part of your workout or warm up!