In this video, I'm doing Skin the Cat progressions with my trainer, Dave Engen, from Roots Wellness. I'm taking it back to my trapeze days with this movement!
It takes time to develop the strength and range of motion required for this exercise. I've been working on it for several months now, and here, I'm aiming to settle into the bottom position for a bit longer than I have before, then pulling out of it (before going back into it again). While I am not quite able to get into this yet from a dead hang, I will eventually, and will also move more slowly around the top/rest point before moving back into the bottom of the position.
According to Dave, “Skin the cat exercises are great for critical long arm strength and movement. This position and action reinforces use of strength over range of motion. I recommend a German hang (position that looks like the bottom of the skin the cat but with feet on the floor or with whatever amount of support is needed) as a stretch prerequisite.”