Shoulder Taps Overview
The shoulder tap is a variation of the plank and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the core.
The shoulder tap challenges your core stability as you maintain a push up position while bringing your hand through the range of motion necessary to touch your shoulder and return to the starting position.
Shoulder Taps Instructions
- Assume a pushup position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width.
- Slowly raise one hand off the floor and touch your opposing shoulder.
- Replace the hand and repeat on the opposite side.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
Shoulder Taps Tips
- The main goal is to ensure the hips stay stable. Imagine you’re trying to balance a cup of water on your lower back as you raise each hand.
- Continue to breathe normally and do not hold your breath, you shouldn’t be using respiration to compensate for a lack of stability. Learn how to move while maintaining position without having to rely upon your breath.
- Keep the fingers spread wide while touching the floor, this will increase your base of support and also enhance proprioception through the hands.
- Do not look up, keep the neck neutral and the eyes fixed on the floor just above the fingertips as you complete each rep.