Side Stretch Videos

Watch the side stretching videos below to improve your side flexibility and relieve tight side and lower back muscles.

by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated September 2, 2017

Side stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the sides and lower back muscles. Good side flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the sides and lower back.

Sports that benefit from the side stretches below include: Basketball and Netball; batting sports like Cricket, Baseball and Softball; Boxing; contact sports like Football, Gridiron and Rugby; Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Orienteering; Ice Hockey and Field Hockey; Martial Arts; Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking; Surfing; Wrestling.

Side Muscles being Stretched

During the following side stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the side and lower back that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following side stretches.

  • External and Internal Obliques
  • Quadatus Lumborum
  • Iliocostalis Lumborus
  • Intertransversarii
  • Rotatores
  • Multifidus

Standing Lateral Side Stretch (1:21) Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and look forward. Keep your body upright and slowly bend to the left or right. Reach down your leg with your hand and do not bend forward. Don’t lean forward or backward, concentrate on keeping your upper body straight. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.

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