Hi everybody, Dr. Ryan here. Today, we’ll be covering your second set of upper body exercises. We’re going to be covering some resistance band exercises, some behind-the-back posture exercises, and a three-level doorway pec stretch.
Let’s get into it.
Here’s our first set of resistance band exercises that we’re going to have Caitlin demonstrate for us. We are going to start with our arms just about shoulder-width apart. And Caitlin’s going to lift all the way overhead, all the way touch the low back and all the way back to the front. The most important part of this exercise is that we keep our elbows locked out at all times. Now, we’re going to transition to another exercise here. Caitlin’s going to turn her palms up, tuck her elbows down to her side, so at about a 90-degree angle, and she is going to push outward with those thumbs to try to get her thumbs to go backward. She’s really going to feel a squeeze between those shoulder blades. And those are your two resistance band exercises to start with.
All right. The second exercise we’re going to demonstrate is great for posture. We’re going to have Caitlin demonstrate here. She’s going to take her hands, interlace them finger-wise, together like that. She’s going to push those hands down to the floor as far as she can, squeezing these shoulder blades together here, and then release. And that is your second posture exercise.
3-Level Doorway Pec Stretch
This last exercise will be a pec stretch but at three different levels. First off, the hand’s going to go above the shoulder. We are going to rotate the feet away, rotate the body away, and rotate the head away. Next level, hand at shoulder height, rotate the feet away, rotate the body away, rotate the head away. And last one, hand below the shoulder, rotate the feet away, rotate the body away, rotate the head away. And that is how we do our three-level pec stretch.