The Latissimus Dorsi Static Stretch Challenges Core Strength While Improving Back Flexibility
A STATIC STRETCH IS HELD FOR 20 – 30 SECONDS
Step 1. Get onto an all fours position with hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Draw in the abs and press away from the floor with with both hands to help stabilize the shoulders.
Step 2: Position one forearm on the exercise ball with thumb pointing upward.
Step 3: Slowly roll the ball away from the body until a stretch is felt in the latissimus muscle. Hold position for 20-30 seconds.
Step 4: Repeat on the other side. Maintain stability throughout the exercise. Maintain a relaxed breathing pattern. Keep a straight line from crown of the head to tailbone. Move slowly.
COMMON ERRORS: Overarching the back. Dropping the head downward or looking up. Sagging torso downward. Moving too fast.
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