Upper Body Stretches
With this shoulder stretch, you will be lengthening and toning the
The deltoid muscle is a rounded, triangular shaped muscle found on the
uppermost part of the arm and on top of the shoulder.
This muscle is the widest at the shoulder and narrows as it moves down
The deltoid is the primary muscle of the shoulder and the primary
target for this stretch.
In addition you will also be helping keep your rotator cuff strong and
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that are located between
the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus bone (upper arm bone).
Be sure to only stretch to the point of mild discomfort and not to the
point of pain.
Over stretching can cause small tears and injuries to the muscles.
Stretch #4 - Shoulder Stretch
There are two stretches with this exercise fitness video. The
instructions below are for both of these.
The first one stretches the
back of the shoulder area with the second one stretching the front
Back of the shoulder
Front of the shoulder
- Standing up straight place your right arm out in front of
you keeping it straight.
- Now bring it across your body while grabbing above the
elbow with your left hand.
- Pull across the body until you feel the stretch in the
upper part and back of the shoulder.
- Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds.
- Repeat for the other arm.
- Raise your right hand with elbow bent and slightly lower
than shoulder level.
- Place your forearm up against a stable object like a post
or door frame.
- Turn your body away from the post until you feel the
stretch in the front of the shoulders.
- Hold this for 20 - 30 seconds.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move
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