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6 Upper Body Warm-Up Exercises

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6 Upper Body Warm-Up Exercises

Everyone knows that it is always best to stretch before a workout. However, simply bending over and touching your toes just doesn't cut it sometimes! There comes a time when you have to take emphasis on a certain area of the body, and the upper body is one of those places of importance! Below are six suggestions for a great upper body stretch!

1. Jumping Jacks

  1. Stand with your feet together ,arms down to your sides.
  2. Jump up, lifting your arms above your head and spreading your legs shoulder-width apart.
  3. Jump up again, but returning to the original position. Repeat.

2. Arm Circles

  1. Stand up straight, arms down by your sides.
  2. Lift one(or both) arm straight up and rotate either backwards or forward for about ten reps.
  3. Pause, then rotate in the opposite direction for about ten more reps.

3. Lateral Pillar Bridge

  1. Lie down on your side, held up by your forearm, and feet together.
  2. Lift your body up, supporting your weight with your forearm. Hold for about 30 seconds.
  3. Lower yourself back down and repeat a few more times. Then repeat the process on the opposite side of your body.

4. Pillar Bridge

  1. Lie on your stomach, toes pointed down, and forearms on the ground.
  2. Keeping a straight back, lift your body up, maintaining balance on your arms.
  3. Hold this position for a few seconds, then lower yourself back down to the ground. Repeat.

5. Quadruped Thoracic Rotation

  1. Get down on your knees, one palm facing flat on the ground, and the other palm on your neck.
  2. Rotate your torso upward, putting your weight on the palm that is on the ground. 
  3. After holding for a few seconds, rotate towards your arm. Hold this position for a few seconds, and then repeat on the opposite side.

6. Y's

  1. Hinge forward slightly at the waist, back flat, arms dangling below you, and chest lifted.
  2. Raise your arms above your head to make the shape of a "Y." Hold for a fews seconds and drop your arms back down. Repeat.

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