The Bow and Arrow exercise is one of the Beginner level Strength exercises in the Exercise for Better Bones program.
Bow and Arrow Exercise for Beginner
Bow and arrow exercise, beginner Strength.
With your bow and arrow exercise you’re going to need your Theraband. I encourage you to refer to your exercise safety tips as to how to place it around your wrist, so that you’re not having to strain the little joints in your fingers.
Once the Theraband is in place, you may want to actually double and triple it around your hand and wrist.
Unlike the reverse fly, where you have a really long lever, the bow and arrow exercise has a smaller lever. You’re only going to need to have about 12 inches of Theraband between your hands.
Next you’re going to stand with your feet shoulder width apart, or hip width apart, and about four to six inches from the wall.
Then rest your buttocks up against the wall. You’re going to always have a little bit of space, the space that your hand would fit into in the small of your back.
Then you want to get your best posture alignment up against the wall.
Your Very Best Alignment
So if you, in your very best alignment, can get your head an inch, or a half an inch, from the wall, that’s where you want to keep it. Sometimes using a little cork wedge is what I like to use, if that helps you, or a folded towel or a little face cloth.
If you need to place that to encourage you to hold that best alignment, then I encourage you to do so. That way when you’re doing your bow and arrow exercise, if you have tendency of letting your head come forward, it will help you correct that.
Now in this position, arms down by your side, I’m going to raise my arms so my thumbs are facing one another.
So breath in.
My left arm is going to be my anchor, and I’m going to pull back with the right.
My elbow is coming back, my hand is coming right in front of my shoulder, I return to start position and down.
I’m going to alternate sides.
Breath in, squeezing my shoulder blade back as I bring my elbow out and back to meet my other hand, and down again.
Bow and Arrow Exercise • Key Points
Now, a couple of points here.
- As I raise my arm up, my anchoring arm, I don’t want to totally lock it so I have a little bend.
- Now as I bring my hand back, I don’t want to see the elbow up higher than the shoulder because that’s going to cause some impingement and potential pain in the shoulder.
- The elbow is always slightly below the height of the shoulder and the hand’s right in front of the shoulder.
- The other thing I see a lot of people that have weak wrists doing is a lot of bending or extending of the wrist. So ideally you want to keep your wrists in a nice straight line with your forearm.
Repeat the Bow and Arrow Exercise
So let’s start again, keeping long through the back of your neck.
Just a hand’s width space in your back.
Take your breath in. As the arms come up, exhale and pull back.
As you’re pulling back really focus on the shoulder blade being squeezed toward your spine.
Come back and down.
One more time, opposite side.
Shoulder blade pulls in toward your spine as your hand comes in front of the shoulder and back down.
I’m just going to do it without talking, so you can see the pace of it.
And that’s the bow and arrow exercise against the wall.
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