Door Shoulder Stretch

Head to the doorway for stretching exercise.
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You’ve been diligent about strength training, but now your shoulders are so tight that even lifting your purse is painful. A key to weightlifting is a regular stretching routine. Your stiff shoulders may likely be the result of tight chest muscles. The two muscle groups work in conjunction for numerous movements, such as bringing your arm across your body. The door stretch targets both the chest and the shoulder and can help to loosen the tight muscles.

Step 1

Stand in the center of an open doorway with your right shoulder and arm next to the right side of the doorjamb. Separate your legs to be hip-width apart and toes pointing forward. Rest your arms by your sides. Pull your stomach muscles in and push the shoulder blades down your back. Lift your chest and maintain a straight spine.

Step 2

Bend your right elbow to 90 degrees. Place the forearm on the doorjamb.

Step 3

Turn your head to look over your left shoulder. Simultaneously rotate the left shoulder back until you feel a stretch in your right shoulder. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

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