Following on from the Diamond Press we have the Downstretch, an exercise which requires a considerable amount of control and strength, particularly in the upper body.
This is good for
Developing trunk stabilisation, strengthening and stabilising the upper back and back of the shoulders.
How to do Downstretch
- Inhale, press out from shoulders.
- Exhale, return to stoppers
- Keep shoulders down and the same body position throughout (remember think of a frozen banana or old pirate ship ride!)
- Glutes and hamstrings should be working (so back stays supported)
Things to focus on
Ensure your abdominals and upper back extensors are continually engaged throughout the exercise. You should feel the whole back of your body working – your hamstrings, glutes, back extensors, as well as abdominals for support.
The shoulder joint is your pivot point for this exercise. Think of the “pirate ship” ride at a theme park, or a frozen banana.
- Maintain the position through the body.
- Ensure the thoracic spine maintains good extension throughout.
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