The Latissimus Dorsi Active Stretch Challenges Core Strength While Improving Back Flexibility
An Active Stretch Is Not Held
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. Pause for a few seconds at the top of the movement and then return to the start postion.
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. Loss of balance from moving too fast.
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