Happy Tuesday! Today we are doing a dynamic shoulder stretch. This is the perfect warm-up exercise to do before your training to get the entire shoulder joint ready for your workout. It is also a great exercise to do post workout and focus on ROM (range of motion). Important notes for this stretch: try and keep a neutral spine…it’s very easy to arch your back too much especially when trying to increase mobility with the arms overheard. A good trick is to bend the knees slightly and that helps take the pressure off your spine. Using the breath is key to this stretch, try exhaling as you reach your arms overhead and behind and remember to keep the shoulders down).
Here is a static calf stretch that I did at Big Ben in London, England. As you can see, this stretch is easy to do anywhere and is the perfect compliment to a day of non-stop walking! Since it’s such a simple stretch, I thought some interesting background was in order. Remember to breath and lean forward. Pretty simple
One more video from Cuba! A huge thank you to Jenn, Ro, Meg and Monica for taking time out from training to be in the video!!!! This neck stretch can be very effective but make sure not to put too much pressure on the head. You want to feel a slight pull in the trapezius and shoulder.
Hi Everyone, this weeks video is coming to you all the way from Cuba!!! We decided to film a few videos on location since the background was so beautiful. This exercise can be performed as a static stretch if you hold the position. Or you can turn it into a dynamic stretch, by holding it a few few seconds, then reaching the arm back over the head and repeating numerous times. If doing a static stretch, use this at the end of your workout. Dynamically it can be used as a warm-up for your training.
Enjoy & stretch carefully. I”m off to have a pina colada!!!!!
As promised today is a standing hamstring stretch. This is a very simple stretching exercise. Once in the correct position, focus on bending and straightening the stretched leg. Make sure to keep the foot flexed the entire time and sit as far back as possible.
Tune in every Tuesday for a different stretch segment.
I”m back from training camp with some of my Olympic Divers (video from Cuba to follow in the next week I hope you all are enjoying 2014 so far! This week we have another combination stretch. This is a kneeling side stretch and long adductor. When placing your hand to rest on the extended leg, avoid resting it on the knee, as you don’t want to put pressure in that area. If you find this tough on your bent knee, then place a cushion or folded towel underneath.
This weeks stretch is a combination shoulder and chest. You are in control of how much you increase the stretch. Start slowly by pushing the arm backwards and stop when you feel a slight pull. The arm doesn’t have to go too far depending on the person.
Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday season. Now that we’ve gotten all the drinking and eating out of the way it’s down to business. There will be a lot of working out in the next little while and with that comes tighter muscles. Today we are doing a very basic and simple hip flexor stretch. This is a gentle stretch but if you focus on your alignment and technique it can be quite effective.
2013 is almost done and I hope you all had a great year. My last video of 2013 is a dynamic stretch. This warm-up exercise will get the blood flowing & help get the body ready for your workout….or all the dancing you’ll be doing at the party you’re going to… OR …tomorrow morning when you think you can’t get out of bed but should. Try standing up and doing this quick movement. I know you’ll feel a little better at least ..then maybe grab some food and some water to hydrate!!!!