Objectives

  • Upper and Lower body pre-exercise warm up

Targeted Muscles

  • Overall Body Warm Up

How to Perform

1Begin by standing with feet greater than hip width apart.
2Inhale, extend arms over head in a v shape.
3Exhale lower right elbow to raised left knee.
4Inhale extend arms back overhead in a v shape.
5Exhale lower left elbow to raised right knee.
6Repeat several times.

Alternative Exercise Suggestions for Patients with an ICD

1Bring hand to knee and keep arms below shoulder level when raised.

Common Challenges

  • Stability can be challenging in this exercise. Try the hamstring curl exercise first until greater stability is achieved.
  • If thoracic extension is limited in the upper spine, the shoulders and neck can become tight and irritated during this exercise. If so, it’s suggested to do the Intermediate program’s “Breathing and Stretching” exercises first to release the inhibiting areas.

Load Sets Reps Tempo Rest
n/a 1 20 Slow and Controlled n/a

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