Reverse Lunge with Overhead Stretch

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The reverse lunge with the overhead stability ball shoulder stretch is a dynamic warm-up exercise that is suitable for any fitness level.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


Picture of Quadriceps

Quadriceps

The quadriceps (quads) are a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh. They allow your knee to straighten and provide stability when standing. Your quads are the most important muscle group for maintaining the ability to stand and to walk independently.

Picture of Shoulders

Shoulders

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Equipment Used


Picture of Stability Ball

Stability Ball

A stability or exercise ball is a ball constructed of soft elastic and filled with air until firm.Most stability balls range from a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters (14 to 34 inches).

Exercise Instructions


reverse lunge with overhead stretch - step 1

Step 1

Start with you feet shoulder width apart while holding on to the stability ball with both hands.

reverse lunge with overhead stretch - step 2

Step 2

Step back into a reverse lunge position while raising the stability ball over your head. Keep your back straight and gently stretch your shoulders at the bottom of the lunge.

reverse lunge with overhead stretch - step 3

Step 3

Stand back up to the starting position and repeat on the other side.