Stretch Of The Week – Single Arm Penguin Shoulder Stretch

Single Arm Penguin Shoulder Stretch


Single Arm Penguin Shoulder Stretch

The Single Arm Penguin Shoulder Stretch is an excellent #stretch for releasing the, always tension filled, Posterior Deltoids. Many of us hold our stress in our shoulders, the deltoids, the upper traps, etc. This stretch will do wonders at alleviating that pain and allowing your shoulders to relax. Therefore regaining full range of motion and proper function. This is also staple for all athletes, involved in sports or activities with a high usage of their shoulder rotator cuffs. Examples include baseball, tennis, and volleyball players, along with rock climbers and powerlifters. In addition, this is amazing for postnatal moms 🤰🏻👶🏻🙌🏻 especially after holding your precious bundles of joy all day and straining your shoulders and upper back. Take time to take care of yourselves too moms! 👍🏻💯

How To Do It!

  1. Stand upright and bend your right elbow to place your right hand on your hip, palm faced out.
  2. With your left hand, reach across the front of your body with your left hand and grab just below your right elbow.
  3. Gently pull your right elbow forward and in toward your midline until you feel a good stretch in the back of your right shoulder.
  4. Be sure to stay upright with good posture
  5. Hold for 30s and repeat on other side.

*NOTE* if you can’t reach your right arm with your left hand to pull it forward, you can use a wall or door jam to lean back against to assist in gently pushing your right elbow forward.

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