Instead of a strength move, we’re looking at a stretch this week. As I’ve mentioned before, our lower backs are often tight from sitting all day. I love to use scorpions to warm up my back and stretch out my hips before working out.

It’s important to stretch and strengthen in order to maintain a balanced posture and muscle distribution.

This exercise is a dynamic stretch, so it helps to increase range of motion, raise body temperature and reduce risk of injury while exercising. Dynamic stretches utilize a stretching movement, but aren’t held like normal static stretches.

There’s been a lot of studies that this type of stretching increases performance and strength. So it’s definitely a great one to add to your warm up routine!

Scorpion

How To:

  • Lay flat on the ground with your arms at a T.
  • Activate your glutes to bring your leg up and over your body, reaching for the opposite hand.
  • Immediately come back to the starting position and repeat.

Notes:

  • Try to keep your opposite shoulder on the ground while doing this exercise.
  • To add to your warm up routine, perform two sets of 5-10 repetitions.
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