Exercise Video of the Week: Seated Scapular Wall Slides

by Jordan Syatt September 11, 2013

Scapular Wall Slides are one of the best bang-for-your-buck drills used to improve overall shoulder health and performance. It’s such a great drill that I even used it as a main exercise in my e-book The Syatt Fitness Guide to Warming Up For Optimal Performance which you can download for free by signing up for my newsletter on the right side of this page.

To give you an overview of why they’re so popular, below I’ve provided a short list of their benefits:

Benefits of Performing Scapular Wall Slides

– Improves thoracic mobility (specifically in extension)

– Strengthens the low/mid traps and scapular retractors

– Improves scapular upward rotation

– Improves shoulder mobility

– Adds 17lbs of muscle for every 10 repetitions performed!

O.K., one of the aforementioned benefits is a lie. I’m not telling you which one it is though….

While most Scapular Wall Slide progressions are performed in the standing position, I prefer to do them seated indian style. As you’ll see in the video, by performing them in the seated position, with my lower back firmly against the wall, it prevents me from slipping into lumbar hyperextension and keeps me in the best position possible to reap all of the benefits.

For an in-depth description of how to perform Seated Scapular Wall Slides, watch the short video below.


Seated Scapular Wall Slides

I hope you enjoyed the video and, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions you can leave them in the comments section below.

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