Assisted Back Stretches

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Assisted back stretches require you to have a friend or a partner who you trust. Find out how to properly do assisted back stretches with help from a trainer and fitness expert in this free video clip.

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Hey guys, I'm Cari Shoemate, and I'm here with my partner Kerry Barnheart, and we are going to show you how to do some assisted back stretches. Now the benefit of doing assisted back stretches with a friend or a partner is that you just get a little bit of a deeper stretch. So sometimes it's kind of hard to stretch on your own. So if you got a friend or a partner that can help you might as well use them. Okay. So Kerry and I are going to start off. We are going to show you a child's pose stretch. Kerry if you want to come down to the ground. She's going to come down on her knees. And then she's going to slowly lean forward releasing her arms out in front. Now if this is too hard on your knees you can move your knees a little bit wider. And if it's not you can keep your knees close together. It's completely up to you. So she's going to drop her hips down towards her feet like this. And then once she's in a comfortable position I'm just going to lightly press down on her back. Just lightly, gently pressing her down just to get a deeper stretch. And this is really a stretch out her spine even more. And then Kerry you want to slowly roll back up. So that's how you would do an assisted child's pose stretch. Another one that's kind of fun that you can do with a friend, it's good for your back and then also your hamstrings. It's just a seated, seated stretch basically. So Kerry lets come out here and we'll show this one. We are going to put our feet together and we are going to start with a really flat back. So notice I'm not rounding my back here. I'm going to start with my shoulders back, my head up. And then slowly we are going to straighten out our legs just a little bit. If you got tight hamstrings you can totally keep your knees bent here. And then we are just going to see saw back and forth. So Kerry, I'm going to pull Kerry forward get it, and then she's going to pull me forward. So again notice how I'm trying to keep my back really flat. We are not rounding our back so that we are stretching out our low back here. And if you are warmed up and you want to stretch out your hamstrings more you can straighten out your legs a little bit more. But just don't hurt yourself. So remember these stretches shouldn't like, they shouldn't hurt. So yeah I'm going to bend mine a little bit more. But anyway but those are two really good seated or assisted back stretches. So feel free to give those a try and that's it. I'm Cari Shoemate and I'll see you next time.


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