Upper Body Stretches
With the triceps stretch exercise you will be stretching the opposing
muscles of the bicep.
These muscles are located at the back of the upper arm.
There are three muscle heads to this group which is why it is called
These three heads are the lateral, long and medial head.
Running down the back of the arm is where you will find the long head.
It is the largest of the three heads.
The medial head, sometimes called the middle head, is located midline
of the triceps.
Lastly, the lateral head is located on the outside of the arm.
Be sure to do a 5 - 10 minute warm up before you start any stretching
exercise. This will help minimize potential injuries to the muscles.
Stretch #2 - Biceps Stretch
Because you will only be focusing on the upper body with this one, you
can do this while standing or sitting in the comfort of a chair.
- Stand with your feet hip width apart and knees slightly
bent. You can also sit up straight in a chair.
- Bring your right arm straight up by your ear.
- Bend your arm at the elbow and drop right hand behind your
back by your shoulder.
- Point the fingers down to touch the right shoulder blade.
- Bring your left arm up and around your head and grab hold
of your right arm just below the elbow joint.
- Deepen the stretch by gently pulling back with your left
arm until you feel the stretch in the triceps.
- Hold this for 20 - 30 seconds.
- Repeat for the other arm.
Tip: Try not to pull on the elbow joint while doing this exercise.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move
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Benefits of Stretching
Many people often skip the stretching portion of their workout. There
are many benefits to stretching. So don't skip this step
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