Do you have a tight chest after trying some extremely hard fly finishers for your upper body session? Take some time to get on the ball and let go of everything you've dammed during your workout and your daily life.
Trainer Charlee Atkins, C.S.C.S. understands that not everyone knows how to ease the pain in the chest, even though this tension could limit the most comfortable upper body movements.
"It's this weird part of the body that nobody really knows how to stretch," she says. "[It can be] It's even weirder to ask someone to give you a breast massage." Your solution: Take care of your rib cage with a self-myofascial release action (SMR) and roll that tension off.
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To complete the movement, you need an SMR ball (a standard lacrosse ball works just as well). If you do not have a cell phone yet, check out this Gillsun Fitness set.
- Lie on your stomach, then place the ball in the top corner of your chest (under your collarbone, about two finger lengths away from your armpit).
- Put your head on the opposite hand. Put your hand on the same side as the ball and place it behind your back.
- Relax the arm / elbow.
- Start with a deep breath, then graduate and slow down the movement from side to side
Another option is to stretch the same sidearm for different triggers at different angles to the side. Try adding the Breast Release to your recovery program with 2 to 3 sets of 15 to 30 seconds each.
Want to know more about Atkins? Take a look at our series with their tips, Try Her Move.