My video series “Variations on Six Conventional Exercises,” puts a fresh stamp on your workout program by adding variety and challenge with every exercise. This guide takes you by the hand through Variation #6—a three-dimensional take on conventional Lateral Arm Raises. This new 3-D Workout™ variation I call Side Sweeps uses space and long levers to load the tissue. It includes all the functions of your rotator cuff, the three parts of the deltoid, a weight-bearing component and challenges your coordination to boot!
My goal is to support personal trainers and 3-D Workout™ instructors as they build their knowledge and confidence for teaching the movement. We usually start with the mechanics of a sequence but if you’re teaching 3-D Workout™, you’ll learn still more with these tips.
Benefits of Side Sweeps
IMPROVES range of motion (ROM) and flexibility in shoulder joints.
IMPROVES agility with varied WEIGHT SHIFT and gentle bounce in all directions.
MOBILIZES shoulder joint with or without loading.
IMPROVES your balance especially in the backward step.
COORDINATES upper and lower body working together.
TEACHES correct initiation and use of space around the body.
TARGETS the intended muscle groups.
HYDRATES the many layers of fascia in chest, upper back and leg.