“I” Raise


Purpose: This exercise develops shoulder strength and stability (Figure 6-15 ).

Starting Position: Prone position with the head slightly elevated and aligned with the spine. Feet are together and toes are pointed to the rear. The arms remain on the ground and are extended overhead, forming an “I” straight in line with the body. The hands are in a neutral position (perpendicular to the ground) with the thumbs and fingers extended and joined.

Cadence: SLOW


  1. Raise both arms 3-6 inches off the ground.
  2. Return to the starting position.
  3. Repeat count 1.
  4. Return to the starting position.

Figure 6-15. “I” raise

Check Points:

  • At the starting position, tighten the abdominals to stabilize the trunk. The head is slightly elevated and aligned with the spine.
  • On counts 1 and 3, keep the back generally straight with the head up.
  • Throughout the exercise, the arms should be fully extended and the trunk and legs should also be aligned.

Precaution: Keep the head slightly elevated throughout the exercise and do not jerk the body into the up positions on counts 1 and 3.

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