General Stretching Of The Upper Body

stretching upper body

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Stand with your feet a little wider than your pelvis width and you back is straight :

  • Hold your ams vertically with your hands clasped and your fingers crossed. Your palms directed upwards :

  • Inhale to inflate your lungs to the maximum and stretch your intercostal muscles. Push your palms up keeping your back and head upright.

  • Exhale slowly by relaxing and starts again.

This stretching exercise stretches intercostal, rectus abdominis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, triceps. When you incline your torso laterally, you stretch more your external oblique and internal oblique, quadratus lumborum and the internal and medium part of your erectors spinae.

stretching upper body lateral

Note

This stretch is great for relaxing the body after a training with heavyweights like leg press, squat, deadlift because the ribcage and spine have been compressed.

This movement may occasionally replace or supplement the stretching at the bar  to rebalance the pressure and tensions of the intervertebral joints.

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Importance Of Shoulder Straightening

kyphosis

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

We spend several hours sitting in a day. It’s relaxing but it can create a problem. This problem is the Kyphosis which is the rounding of the upper back with shoulder enrolement forwards.

We can have this bad position because of the hypotonicity (decreased muscle tone) of muscles bringing together shoulder blades and external rotator muscles of arms or because of the hypertonicity of torso’s muscles (usually for men, excessive training of chest).

As you know, it’s a bad posture and it’s important to rebalance all that. Exercices that do this are exercice that work posterior deltoid (back of shoulder) like one arm rear deltoid fly with cable, low pulley bent-over lateral raises and others.

kyphosis muscles

Note : For deadlift, the rounding of the upper back limits the power of lifting, that why it’s important to straighten your shoulders to use all your potential.

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