Tips on How to Stretch Video

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Kristen Kennedy, talks about the importance of stretching before and after exercise. She also gives examples of stretches you can do for either an upper or lower body workout.
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Stretches for like if you're about to do an upper body shrink training workout, then you need to of course stretch your shoulders, do some stuff like that and also your chest is probably one of the biggest muscles in your upper body, so you need to definitely open up for your chest and then we have say, triceps which are at the back of the arms, take it up and over and make sure you pull below the elbow not right on the bone because it's a lot of joint compression that you don't want. So, you make sure that you want to pull below that elbow. You've got upper back which is right in between your shoulder blades, you just kind of press out, drop the head, round up and you'll definitely feel the shoulder blade is kind of pulled apart. And some of stretches that we do for the lower body includes, say your quadriceps, the front of the thigh. All you got to do is pickup your back foot and pull it in. Make sure the knees stay together. A lot of people go out, but you want to pull it in and press forward with the hips and then you got the back of the leg, which means hamstring, so you got a tip forward and stretch to that area. Now you can do this all line on your back as well which I do a lot with my clients but this is pretty simple. So you just kind of tip and you pull on that toe slightly, so you can actually also feel it thorough the back of calf, right there. Inner thighs, very important as well to get that flexibility and because you'll see people squats like this, we don't want that, that means that your inner thighs are tight. So you just got to take it feet out wide and then you take it over to the thighs and you stretch the inner thigh, you'll definitely feel through that area.

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