The active shoulder flexion extension stretch is an effective warm up exercise to increase the range of motion in the shoulders.

  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart and hands at sides with the palms facing the hips.
  • Slowly bring the arms back until a stretch is felt in the chest and front of the shoulders.
  • Hold for 1-2 seconds.
  • Return to starting position and raise arms overhead keeping the elbows straight.
  • Hold for 1-2 seconds.
  • Repeat for a total of 5 repetitions up and down. 

When bringing the arms up towards the ears, it is important to keep the hips and abdominals engaged. Failure to engage the hips and abdominals will lead to an arching of the lower back and an ineffective stretch of the latissimus dorsi.