List of Shoulder Stretches
Here are a variety of shoulder stretches used by martial arts students. These stretches are useful for martial arts students who do a lot of grappling, throws and/or punching. These shoulder stretches work primarily on the deltoid muscles. However, depending on the stretch, they can also help to stretch a person’s arms, chest and back. Shoulder stretches should also be done before any shoulder strength training exercise such as a shoulder press.
All stretches should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For additional martial arts stretches targeting other areas of the body, please visit the main Martial Arts Stretches page.
Shoulder Stretches – with written and/or video instructions
- Arm Circles or Shoulder Rotations
- Doorway Shoulder Stretch
- Posterior Shoulder Stretch or Crossover Arm Stretch
- Reverse Shoulder Stretch – This stretch also works on your chest muscles.
- Seated Anterior Shoulder Stretch
- Shoulder Shrugs
- Wall Shoulder Opener
Instructional Videos for Shoulder Stretches