Side Lat Stretch

Side Lat Stretch


This exercise involves standing with feet hip-width apart and reaching one arm overhead while bending to the opposite side, stretching the latissimus dorsi muscle. It can help improve flexibility and reduce tension in the upper body.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Side Lat Stretch Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Reach your right arm up and over your head, bending your torso to the left.
  3. Place your left hand on your left hip for support.
  4. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, feeling the stretch along the right side of your body.
  5. Repeat on the other side, reaching your left arm up and over your head and bending your torso to the right.

Side Lat Stretch Form & Visual

Side Lat Stretch

Side Lat Stretch Benefits

  • Stretches the muscles in the sides of the torso, including the obliques and lats
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion in the upper body
  • Can help alleviate tension and tightness in the back and shoulders
  • May improve posture and alignment by releasing tension in the muscles that pull the spine out of alignment
  • Can be done anywhere, without any equipment

Side Lat Stretch Muscles Worked

  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Teres major
  • Obliques
  • Quadratus lumborum

Side Lat Stretch Variations & Alternatives

  • Standing Side Lat Stretch
  • Seated Side Lat Stretch
  • Kneeling Side Lat Stretch
  • Side Lat Stretch with Resistance Band
  • Side Lat Stretch with Dumbbell
  • Side Lat Stretch with Medicine Ball
  • Side Lat Stretch with Stability Ball
  • Partner Side Lat Stretch