As a Men’s Health reader, you probably love to lift—and we do, too. The only problem is that lifting can put a lot of strain on your joints—particularly on your shoulders. Shoulder strains and injuries are depressingly common at your average gym, but there’s one great way to prevent even the most onerous injury from happening: a good stretch.
As he demonstrates in the below video, Nyree Brown, a trainer at Equinox, has come up with a good stretching sequence. It takes some patience and some practice, but you’ll be hitting the weights in no time.
“Lots of you out there lift heavy and are not stretching,” says Brown. “This is great to keep your shoulders open and mobile.”
Start the sequence in a push-up position, and take your right arm out to the side. Then take the opposite leg, lift it up, and place it on the floor behind you. You’re already feeling the burn.
Place the hand at the front of you on the floor and lift your body up a little. “Open up the chest towards the ceiling, so you’re stretching through your pec major, the long head of your tricep, and opening up a lot of those little muscles in the shoulder,” says Brown.
Brown says you can also angle your arms differently to stretch different muscles. Try this stretch five times on each arm, and you’ll be ready for the big lifts in minutes.
By Ben Radding