MORE EFFECTIVE LAT STRETCHING
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The LATS: a large muscle that is often neglected in term of stretching/warm up. 😭As an extensor of the shoulder, tightness of this muscle can lead issues in the opposite direction (ie - flexion or movements such as an overhead press). So don't be reinforcing a dysfunction!
Any muscle has it's respective action(s) so what we have to do to stretch it is the exact opposite movement(s). This sounds simple enough but when applied to a complex muscle we tend to lose sight of this concept. Just look at how much area the lat covers!
❌So from the picture above we can see the how the "typical" lat stretch looks. What are people trying to do here by anchoring their arm on a squat rack? We get shoulder flexion and....not really anything else. 😅 Sure it works, but it can easily be more effective.
So let's take a step back and ask ourselves WHAT'S THE FUNCTION?
👉🏼Adduction of the shoulder
👉🏼Internal Rotation of the shoulder
👉🏼Ipsilateral (same side) rotation of the trunk
👉🏼Ipsilateral side bend of the trunk
✅So correct the stretch by:
1️⃣ Lifting our arm overhead
2️⃣ Drop our hips back
3️⃣ Rotate into the movement (so arm comes across chest)
4️⃣ Move hips away
⚠️NOT SHOWN HERE - Turn palm toward ceiling to get more external rotation. 😏
SIDE NOTE 📝 What does this really look like, it's very similar to the upper half of the lateral line stretching, which makes send looking at the actions of this muscle.
So, give this a try and let me know what you think down below. Tag someone who could benefit from lat stretches! ✌🏼 .
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