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Arm Stretches

Two static stretches for the posterior deltoid muscles, triceps muscles, shoulder muscles, and latissimus dorsi, or lats

Tags: middle school, stretches & strength, static stretches

Instructions:

Crossover Arm Stretch:

  1. Bring the right arm across the body.
  2. Use the left hand or forearm to hold the right arm against the chest.
  3. Repeat with the other arm.

Triceps Stretch:

  1. Stand in a relaxed, neutral position and raise the right arm above the head, bending the elbow.
  2. Reach up and place the left hand on the right elbow and gently press so the upper arm moves towards the back of the head.
  3. Let the right hand hang comfortably against the back of the neck.
  4. Repeat with the other arm.

Performance Points:

  • Keep the neck and spine straight.
  • Make sure not to bend the upper body backwards or sideways.
  • Don't overstretch; there should be no pain.

Training Specifics:

Duration / Reps: For both exercises, hold for 30 seconds with each arm

When: During the post-workout, cool-down routine

Benefits:

  • Release tension and increase flexibility in the arms
  • The Crossover Arm Stretch targets the posterior deltoids
  • The Triceps Stretch targets the triceps muscles, shoulder muscles, and latissimus dorsi

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