View Full Version : Tempo Arms Question
04-07-2005, 09:41 AM
Towards the end of the tape there is a move done that I don't understand. I'm really not sure what it's called but I will call it the Swish move. One hand goes up, flips, and swishes back. And then after doing the other arm, the move reverses.
What is this move designed to do?
And what should I be feeling (so that I know it's working)?
04-07-2005, 12:32 PM
It's like swimming standing up, the moving arm keeps shoulder down & lats engaged on both sides, in KLT/NBT/Tucked/Shoulders back/Tata's out position & no moving of hips or torso to maintain hips/shoulders square. It's a long reach up & a fast turn for rotation, traps, lats, delts & you're leading from the wrist as if someone is pulling your arm straight up, back & down. Turn the elbow out as far as you can same as flipping your palms up & out when you roll up during PBS. It's good for reducing back fat, improving flexibility & range of motion in the chest & upper back, esp. if you do a lot of repetitive typing, driving, lift kids, boxes, groceries, had/have arthritis or crunchy stuff in your neck & shoulders & upper thoracic vertebrae. You may find it easier to go half speed & focus on just tightening up the muscles you're holding in position first, & then, when you've got the feel of right/left in that held position, just move only the arm, inhale as you go up & exhale as you go down to expand the ribs & the intercostal muscles.
04-07-2005, 02:15 PM
Wow, that move is sure more complex than I thought. I'm obviously not doing it right so I will work on your pointers. Thanks for your help.
gr8 gave you wonderful pointers. You're really working against the shoulder here. Keeping it in place while the arm is moving and keeping the opposite should(arm not moving), down and back. Definitely try going slower to get the just of this and then you can either try at full tempo or just keep doing them slower till you build up. It's also a great way to get that feeling of the lats engaged if you haven't felt it before.
TNT - Oct.'05
04-07-2005, 02:53 PM
Just a thought...one arm may do better than the other, same as one hip or leg has more flexibility or range of motion. If you're very one-sided, that side may be tighter due to over-use, & not feel as flexible. Conversely, the side you don't use as often may feel more flexible but may be weaker or lazier. Hence, the right-brain neuro-kinetic connections context that Kirsten is drumming into our heads along w/the concept of laterality, that is, sided-ness & crossing the mid-line of the body as in Hoe Downs, TTTwist, TTN, etc. Swimming is bi-lateral, right arm, left leg for balance when actually swimming, & in this case, during the move (same as doing the balance sequence again here...), if you're raising your left arm, make sure you're really KLT-ing your right knee so it doesn't turn in.
04-08-2005, 03:49 PM
Thanks again. :)
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