Do you want to bulletproof your shoulders?
If yes, then this is a great exercise to work on creating strength at your end range of motion in shoulder flexion!
It’s also a great way to work on shoulder flexion while minimizing compensations from occuring in your mid-lower back.
Assume a child’s pose/lumbar-locked position. This position puts your lower back into flexion, preventing you from being able to extend through the lower back to compensate. Reach your arms straight out overhead, keeping your elbows locked out. From here, trap air in your belly, create full-body tension, and attempt to lift your hands about 1 inch off of the ground. Hold this for 3-5 seconds and repeat for 5-10 reps.
Too easy? Were you able to lift more than 1 inch off of the ground? Then try elevating your hands off of the ground by placing an object such as a yoga block under them.