Stretch Of The Week – Wall Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

Wall Lat Stretch


The Wall Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

This stretch is particularly great for swimmers due to their high level of lat use in each stroke. However, most people can find this stretch beneficial for their posture. In general, people’s pecs and lats (which are major shoulder internal rotators) are overly tight from daily activities. This causes rounding of the shoulders and bowing of the upper back leading to poor thoracic posture. Add this stretch, along with the door jam pec stretch I demonstrated in a previous post, into your daily routine, and you’ll be standing straighter and have less shoulder and neck pain because of it. 🙂👍🏻


  1. Stand facing a wall or pole about two feet back.
  2. Put both hands on the wall as high as you can reach, one hand on the other.
  3. Step back with one foot.
  4. Keeping a strong back, let your chest sag toward the floor while maintaining your hand position.
  5. Hold this for 30 seconds.

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