Full Body Flexibility

Hi Everyone!

This week’s stretching exercise combines flexibility with stability.  This movement can be done by anyone if you listen to your body and follow the instructions for each level.  Engaging the abdominals and gluts will allow you better stability.  Focus on a none moving spot in front of you.  Hinging from the hip before you lift the leg behind you is very important.  Like always, keep an even relaxed breath.  Have fun! Make sure to tune in every Tuesday for a new stretch video at Sarah’s Sixty Second Stretch.

BTW…the cartwheel has nothing to do with the stretch…we were just fooling around :-)

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Shoulder warm up & Chest stretch

 

HI Everyone,

This stretching exercises combines a stretch for the chest muscles with a warm up for the shoulder muscles. Hold the stretch for a few seconds and then extend it to begin again. Try to keep the body facing forward with just a slight rotation of the spine. Use the breath throughout the entire exercise.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Upper Back Flexibility

Hi Everyone,

This active stretch targets the upper back muscles.  Keep the arms moving by bending and extending the elbow or by alternating sides.  Focus on keeping a C curve of the spine the entire exercises.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Calf & Soleus Stretch

HI Peeps!

This weeks flexibility exercise targets the calf (gastrocnemius) and soleus muscles.  Allow your heel to release towards the floor until you feel a stretch at the back of the leg.  Holding the stretch focus on your breathing. Don’t forget about your posture.  Keep the shoulders back and stand tall!

We couldn’t have found a better spot on the seal wall in Vancouver to shoot!

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Flexibility Pose for the Adductors

HI Peeps,

I seem to be on this Adductor kick the last 2 weeks.  Here is another standing stretch for the adductors – combining strength & flexibility. This exercise strengthens the quads and gluts while stretching the short and long adductor muscles. Hold the stretch as long as you feel you can while using a relaxed breath.
Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Inner Thigh Stretch

Hi Everyone!

This weeks stretch is for the long adductors.  Stretching the inner thigh muscles helps keeps balance around the hip joint.  This flexibility exercise is simple to do & easy to get into! Make sure to tune in every Tuesday!!

Enjoy & stretch carefully,

Sarah

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Shoulder Stretch

Hi Everyone!

This weeks stretch is for the muscles of the shoulder.  You can repeat the movement as many times as you feel your body needs.  Hold the end point for a few seconds each time.  Make sure to keep pulling the arm into the body even as you rotate the spine.  Shoulder should be pressed down at all times.  Don’t forget to use the breath!

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Standing Lunge – stretching hip flexors

 

Hi Guys,

This weeks stretch is a standing lunge for the hip flexors. This is a great active stretching exercise that strengthens at the same time.  Some points to remember:  The front knee shouldn’t be farther forward than your front toes, keep the abdominals engaged and think about pulling up through the spine, press the back heel backwards instead of downwards and of course always keep your breath even and relaxed.

As you feel the stretch in the hip flexors also focus on engaging the gluts and quadriceps of the opposing leg.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Seated Back Stretch

Hi Everyone,

This week we are targeting the back muscles in an active seated stretch.  This is a great rotation exercise.  Focus is on posture and breathing.  Think about siting as tall as possible during the entire exercise.  Listen to your breath and use it to decide how far you can rotate.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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Stretch for the Quadriceps

 

Hi Everyone,

This past week I was in Whistler, BC Canada for the Whistler Longboard Festival.  i decided to film a bunch of SSSS on Whistler mountain (with some help from Andy!!).  We found a very cool little stream in the middle of the mountain & a rock for me to balance on.  This weeks stretch is for the Quadriceps. Keep the pelvis tucked forward the entire time and you can change arm positions depending on your balance.

Enjoy & stretch carefully!

Sarah

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