How To Do & Muscles Worked

above head chest stretch

All day long many people are sitting with their shoulders rounded, therefore shortening the chest (pectoralis) muscles. In an effort to open up the chest and restore improved posture, you can perform a chest stretch like this one to open up that region including the front of the shoulders.

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Which Muscles Are Worked?

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Above head chest stretch

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles


Exercise Type

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How to do above head chest stretch Properly

Step by Step Guide

Begin standing with the feet hip distance apart and arms down at your side.

Now raise both arms overhead to clasp the hands behind your head.

While keeping the spine neutral, push the elbows back and away from each other in order to deepen the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds.

Then relax and return to the start position.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is extending the spine by going into thoracic extension. Instead, focus on extending the arms back to isolate the stretch to the chest and shoulder region.


Animation of how to do Above head chest stretch