How to Stretch Your Biceps (FEEL IT INSTANTLY!)

How to Stretch Your Biceps (FEEL IT INSTANTLY!)


What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, AthleanX.com. Today I’m going to show you how to start stretching
your biceps the right way. Let’s kick it off by telling you why it’s
so important. A lot of times the biceps get ignored when it comes to stretching our muscles
because we just don’t think about them that often in terms of muscle that we would stretch. But they are one of the postural muscles that
tend to be shortened a lot of times during the day. If we’re sitting at a computer our
biceps are in a flex position, pretty much all the time. If we’re on the phone, our biceps are in a
flex position all the time. We don’t often have our arms stretched out so far to give
our biceps and adequate stretch. Therefore, it makes it more important that
we pay some attention to it. How you stretch the biceps, though, is really important. A
lot of times guys will do this: you’ll see them doing this. They’ll try to hold their elbow straight and
they’re pushing down and trying to push out the biceps. There’s a few thins majorly wrong
with this. Number one, when you hold your hand on top here, our bodies tend to do what
comes naturally, and that is fighting the isometric force. We give back as much as we’re being pushed
down. It’s more of a protective mechanism for our joints. So what we’re doing here is
almost creating our own battle between our hand pushing down and our arm pushing up,
which means the bicep is never really going to relax. That doesn’t work. The second problem with
this is our hand is supinated, or our writs is supinated here. We know that the bicep
functions to supinate the arm. So if we want to stretch it we’re going to
want to pronate. The third component is one that people overlook all the time when it
comes to biceps, and that is the function in the fact that they do actually flex the
shoulder. They bring the shoulder up in front of us.
So if we really wanted to stretch the biceps out – especially the long head – you want
to get extension of the shoulder. To combine all these together, this is what you’d want
to do. You’d want to grab on behind you to something
you can grab on behind you. First you pronate your hand down. You want to take the bicep
– again, I drew on myself to show you this – you can see that just by supinating here,
supinating out of the oxtrete, obviously it activates the bicep itself. You can see it moving right there. So if we
pronate the hand – in other words, turn the forearm down – we can put it on a stretch.
The second thing we do is get ourselves – again, with a straight elbow because we know that
it flexes here in the arm – we go down to a straight elbow. Straighten it out as far as we can, then with
it pronated we go and reach back behind our body, here, so we have our arm now in extension.
Then the last thing we do is step a little bit away. Right now I kind of have it in line with the
side of my body. The last tw3o things we do is tighten and contract the triceps. By doing
that, now we’re actually putting – by reciprocal inhibition – we’re shutting off the bicep
to allow for a bigger stretch. You contract the triceps, and at the same
time I step a little bit away, this way, so now I’ve actually got my arm at that angle,
away from my body. Not just straight behind. The reason why we do that is, by taking that
last little step away here, now with the arm positioned out we’re getting the bicipital
groove to be turned a little bit further away from us. Right now the groove lines up down in here
and it’s pretty close to the front of our shoulder, as far as the upper arm; how the
bicep’s groove lines up. When we turn it a little bit away you can see that these are
the two points – when I do that – now I’m stretching a little bit further away from
each other. So you’ve got that arm behind us, contract
the triceps here, then step away here just a little bit, and now I’ve got that angle
and man, I can feel it. My hand is pronated down, and I can feel that stretch on the bicep. So, there you go guys. If you want to start
stretching your biceps out, this is the way to do it. If you never realized you should,
this is your cue to start doing it because, as I said, everything we do in a day, it’s
going to be done with our arms flexed. Even me here talking to you, yes, I have the
tendency to keep my arms in this position. It’s a little more comfortable speaking position
than doing this and standing here like a tin soldier. But it will not help you in terms of getting
your arms and your biceps stretched out, which you’re going to need to do if you want to
let those muscles start developing fully, the way they should. I hope you guys found this video helpful.
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