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In a world where hunched postures and endless screen time have become the norm, it’s no surprise that many of us find ourselves battling the discomfort of tight shoulders. Whether you’re shoulder tightness is limiting your workouts or you’re simply feeling the cumulative effects of daily stress, those knots and tension in your shoulder area can be both painful and frustrating.

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that there are myriad reasons why you may be experiencing shoulder tightness. We highly recommend getting assessed by a professional fitness coach, such as the OPEX Remote Coaching team, for a targeted approach to restoring functional movement. 

In this blog, we’re sharing ten yoga-inspired poses and stretches for relief and freedom of movement through the shoulders and upper back. Try incorporating them into your daily routine to increase flexibility and develop strength through a full range of motion. 

Upward Dog

Targets the shoulders, chest and abdominal wall

2. Downward Dog

Targets the shoulders and upper back, along with the calves and hamstrings.

3. Reverse Plank

Targets the shoulders, hip flexors and core

4. Thread the Needle

Targets the shoulders and rotation through the torso

5. Double Flat Needle

Targets the shoulders

6. Twisted Cross

Targets the shoulders, chest, abdominal wall and lower back

7. Saddle Archer Arms

Targets the shoulders (internal and external rotation), as well as the quads and ankles

8. Saddle Eagle Arms

Targets the shoulders and mid back, as well as the quads and ankles 

9. Hands-Interlaced Forward Bending

Targets the wrists, shoulders and chest, as well as the hamstrings. 

10. Puppy Dog 

Targets the shoulders, upper and middle back

These 10 video demonstrations are taken from the CoachRx coaching software exercise library. There are currently around 2000 videos in this library, ready for you to assign to your clients. Start your free 14-day trial of CoachRx and see how it can elevate your fitness coaching practice.

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