Chest Stretch Videos
Watch the chest stretching videos below to improve your chest flexibility and relieve tight chest and shoulder muscles.
by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated September 2, 2017
Chest stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the chest and shoulder muscles. Good chest flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the shoulder, and helps to prevent kyphosis, or rounding of the back.
Sports that benefit from the chest stretches below include: Basketball and Netball; batting sports like Cricket, Baseball and Softball; Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Orienteering; racquet sports like Tennis, Badminton and Squash; Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking; Swimming; throwing sports like Cricket, Baseball and Field events.
Chest Muscles being Stretched
During the following chest stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the chest and shoulders that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following chest stretches.
- Pectoralis Major and Minor
- Deltoid Anterior
- Serratus Anterior
- Biceps Brachii
Above Head Chest Stretch (0:57) Stand upright and interlock your fingers. Bend your arms and place them above your head while forcing your elbows and hands backwards. Vary the height of your hands. Lower your hands behind you head to place an emphasis on the anterior deltoids and raise your hands above your head to emphasize the pectoral muscles. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Parallel Arm Chest Stretch (1:23) Stand with your arm extended to the rear and parallel to the ground. (Or for a variation, bend your elbow to 90 degrees.) Hold on to an immovable object and then turn your shoulders and body away from your outstretched arm. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite arm.
Partner Assisted Chest Stretch (0:54) Extend both of your arms parallel to the ground. Have a partner hold on to your hands and slowly pull your arms backwards. Keep your arms parallel to the ground and your palms facing outward. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
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