Before you say anything about this pose, just try it. It’s one of those poses that once you’re in, you understand why it’s so amazing. Though Extended Puppy Pose leaves little to the imagination, your shoulders and upper back will thank you.
For those of you with tight shoulders in your overhead position, like presses or handstands, this pose encourages the body to release that tension and create space in the areas you need help with most to give you a path towards a more efficient movement.
Rotator Cuff Muscles
Deltoid (Middle Fibers)
Alignment and Execution Tips
Kneel on the ground with your toes untucked.
Keep your hips stacked over your knees. Start to walk your hands forward as far as possible.
Press your palms on the ground and keep your forearms lifted. Maintain a slight curve in the lower back as you extend your chest towards the ground.
Feel your arm pits open, your chest broaden and your upper back lengthen.
Hold for 30 seconds and release.
Opens the front of the chest, arm pits, and upper back in prep for Kip Swings, Handstands, and Overhead Barbell work
Stretches the spine and releases tension in the shoulders
Pull-ups (kipping, strict, muscle, bar)
Overhead Squat and Snatch
Toes to Bar
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