Enhancing Skills

Breast stroke

Talk to your doctor.  Caution and common sense should be used...as these are my experiences, and my unique situations.  They may work for you or they may not.  You may have different results.  Please read our disclaimer.

Type:

Stretch

Equipment:

N/A

The Standing Breast Stroke stretch targets the chest, shoulders, and upper back muscles, helping to improve posture and flexibility.

Proper form:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Inhale and lift your arms out to your sides, keeping them straight, and raise them up until they are at shoulder height.
  3. Exhale and bring your arms forward, crossing them at the wrists in front of your chest.
  4. Inhale and extend your arms back out to the sides, keeping them straight.
  5. Exhale and lower your arms back down to your sides.

How to reduce the difficulty:

  • You can perform the stretch with a smaller range of motion.
  • You can bend your elbows slightly instead of keeping your arms straight.

How to increase the difficulty:

  • You can hold light weights in your hands while performing the stretch.
  • You can increase the range of motion of the arm movements.

Reps:

  • Beginner: 8-10 reps
  • Intermediate: 12-15 reps
  • Advanced: 18-20 reps

Estimated time for exercise: 1-2 minutes

Body Group:

Shoulders

Muscle Group(s):

Chest, Shoulders, Upper back

Muscles used:

Primary:

Pectoralis Major

Secondary:

Latissimus Dorsi

Tertiary:

N/A

Difficulty:

Beginner

Talk to your doctor.  Caution and common sense should be used...as these are my experiences, and my unique situations.  They may work for you or they may not.  You may have different results.  Please read our disclaimer.


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