The Push Up to Ipsilateral Arm and Leg Ceiling Raise is a calisthenic functional training exercise for professional athletes to improve synergy of the neuromuscular system, core stability, body control and coordination.
During the Push Up to Ceiling Raise the focus is on improving neuromuscular system efficiency. The neuromuscular system works in sync when the athlete moves on the court and hits the ball.
Emphasis is on the synchronized activation of various muscle groups and stabilizer development to improve performance and avoid injuries.
Monitor the speed of the Push Up to Ceiling Raise and increase the speed or decrease the base of support (arm & leg position) accordingly as the athlete becomes more proficient with the exercise dynamics.
If the athlete cannot maintain balance increase the base of support!
Push Up to Ipsilateral Arm and Leg Ceiling Raise Progression
If you use additional weights…make sure you use appropriate weight so you can control the action throughout the entire range of motion. Otherwise you defeat the purpose of the exercise.
Very often, people use too much resistance and they become sloppy. Especially when it comes to maintaining core stability repetitively.
Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. First, maximize the speed while maintaining perfect form.
Push Up to Ipsilateral Arm and Leg Ceiling Raise Description
- Face down and position arms and feet shoulder-width apart; place palm of the hand underneath the shoulders; extend elbows; hips are in neutral pelvic position; look forward
- Place tennis ball on the ground at sternum (nipple) level
- Flex elbows and lower upper-body until chest touches the tennis ball; maintain neutral pelvic position; look forward
- Extend elbows and elevate upper-body away from the ground; maintain neutral pelvic position; look forward
- Raise ipsilateral limbs off the ground and reach towards the ceiling; maintain neutral pelvic position; look forward
- Hold position for 1 second before returning to starting position
- Repeat and raise the opposite limbs
Related Functional Training Exercises
- Pushup to Single Limb Raise
- Push Up to Contralateral Limb Raise
- Push Up to Contralateral Limb Raise to Flexion
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