How to do Overhead Arm Pull

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Low

Target Body Parts: triceps, chest


Stand up for this tricep stretch. Put your left arm above your head then bend it at the elbow so that your hand lowers down onto your upper back between your shoulder blades. Then place your right hand up on top of your left elbow and use your right arm to pull your elbow in behind your head to increase the stretch. Hold this stretch for the duration required then swap arms and repeat on the other side.

Aim to keep your head up, chin off your chest and looking forwards, with a straight upright spine.

How to make Overhead Arm Pull easier

If you find it hard to get your other hand on top of the stretching arm elbow, it is likely because of tight triceps and pecs. If so you can stand next to a wall and place your elbow and upper arm against the wall to hold the stretch.

How to make Overhead Arm Pull more challenging

Once you can do this stretch easily and keep your chin up, you can progress it by taking your spare arm behind your back under your shoulder and try to link your fingers of your two hands together behind your back. Once you can link the fingers together, pull down with your bottom arm to increase the stretch.

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