Reverse Shoulder Stretch

Reverse Shoulder Stretch


This exercise involves reaching one arm across the chest and using the other arm to gently pull it towards the body, stretching the shoulder and upper back muscles. The stretch is then repeated on the other side.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Reverse Shoulder Stretch Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Bring your right arm across your chest, holding it with your left hand just above the elbow.
  3. Use your left hand to gently pull your right arm closer to your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder.
  4. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, then release and repeat on the other side.

Reverse Shoulder Stretch Form & Visual

Reverse Shoulder Stretch

Reverse Shoulder Stretch Benefits

  • Relieves tension and tightness in the shoulders and upper back
  • Improves range of motion in the shoulders
  • Stretches the chest muscles and improves posture
  • Can help alleviate shoulder pain and discomfort
  • May improve breathing by opening up the chest and lungs

Reverse Shoulder Stretch Muscles Worked

  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Deltoids
  • Rotator cuff muscles

Reverse Shoulder Stretch Variations & Alternatives

  • Shoulder Extension Stretch
  • Shoulder Blade Squeeze
  • Shoulder Circles
  • Shoulder Rolls
  • Shoulder Shrugs