11 Feel-So-Good Chest Stretches

Time to open up that upper body.

How to stretch your chest, according to fitness pros.


You’ll know you have tight chest muscles if your shoulders are rounded forward, says Stretch*d program director Jeff Brannigan. The same is true if your lats and pecs feel stiff or sore. To learn how to stretch chest muscles to give the area TLC, here are stretches to try.

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Chest Opener

Brannigan suggests starting with this simple stretch.

- Sit or stand, back straight.

- Interlace hands behind head.

- Contract shoulder blades.

- Swing elbows as far back as you can.

Hold for two seconds, repeat 10x.