Breast Stroke into “T” with the Toning Balls™
The addition of the Toning Balls™ while performing this exercise will add an increased challenge for the scapular stabilizers. (Please feel free to not use the Toning Balls.) Enjoy!
Starting Position: Lie on the mat face down with the legs long and hip-distance apart. The arms are bent with the hands by the shoulders holding the Toning Balls. The pelvis and spine are in a neutral position, and the shoulders stay stabilized throughout the exercise.
To prepare, inhale…
Exhale: Maintain shoulder stability while lengthening and extending the thoracic and cervical spine. Create a long, low line, allowing the upper body to hover just above the mat. Maintain a closed rib cage while lengthening the spine. The chest should maintain contact with the mat.
Inhale: Stay and extend arms out to the sides to create a “T” with the body.
Exhale: Return the arms to the starting position and lengthen down to the mat.
Complete 3 – 5 repetitions.
- Maintain abdominal connection at the rib cage to help avoid overextending the lower back.
- Avoid lifting with the lower back.
- Avoid lifting the legs off the mat.
- Do not overextend the neck.