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.
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 throughout. Ensure the thoracis spine maintains good extension throughout.
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 the same body position throughout (remember think of a frozen banana or old pirate ship ride!)
- Keep shoulders down
- Glutes and hamstrings should be working (so back stays supported)
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