How To Do & Muscles Worked

arm circles stretch

Before exercising the upper body, it’s important to get in a warm-up. Arm circles are a great way to warm-up the shoulders.

  • Easy
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  • Challenging

Which Muscles Are Worked?

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Arm circles stretch

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles

Exercise Type

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How to do arm circles stretch Properly

Step by Step Guide

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

Raise both arms in front of you with the palms down and begin circling them up and back behind you. Finish the circle by returning the arms to your sides.

Repeat for the desired reps.

Common Mistakes

A common mistake is performing arm circles with the shoulders internally rotated (thumbs down) which can cause impingement and discomfort. So instead, be sure the palms are down. Or if that’s uncomfortable you can also do this with the palms facing each other.


Animation of how to do Arm circles stretch