If you have tight shoulders, you might also be struggling with tricks like Bridge Recovers and Back Walkovers. In these tricks, shoulders need to be stacked over wrists: if you’re tight in the shoulders, this can be hard to accomplish!
Luckily, there are some simple stretches you can do at home each day to improve your shoulder flexibility and your acro ability in general – here are three of our favorites:
*Stretch #1: With your legs apart, and sticking your seat out, keep your elbows close together here, and sink your chest down to the floor. When you’re practicing at home, you can use a countertop or table instead of the barre.
*Stretch #2: Start with your arm at shoulder height for this stretch. Then, walk your hand up the wall and feel the stretch change.
*Stretch #3: Keep arms engaged in this position to keep the stretch in your shoulders and ensure you aren’t putting pressure on your elbow joint.
You can also track your shoulder flexibility by performing a bridge at the wall, and seeing how close your armpits are to the wall. As you work on these stretches at home and your shoulder flexibility improves, your armpits will get closer and closer to the wall!
Happy stretching, and if you have any questions, make sure to ask your acro teacher!
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