How To Do & Muscles Worked

arm crossover stretch

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

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Which Muscles Are Worked?

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Arm crossover stretch

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles

Upper Back

Exercise Type

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How to do arm crossover stretch Properly

Step by Step Guide

Begin standing with the feet hip distance apart and arms straight up in a “T” at shoulder height with the palms down.

Swing the arms in front of you and cross each other so that one is on top of the other. Go as far as you can to feel a stretch in the shoulders and upper back.

Return the arms back to the “T” start position.

Repeat for the desired reps.

Common Mistakes

A common mistake is performing arm crossovers while in a shrugged position. The focus of this is to stretch and warm up those upper back - not contract it. So instead, keep a nice and tall posture with the shoulders down while performing these arm swing crossovers.


Animation of how to do Arm crossover stretch