Signature Moves - Tree Stand—Upper Body

Works: Core, back, shoulders, glutes, hamstrings, balance, proprioception
Props: Tree, post, wall, boulder
 

Starting position: Stand with your back to a tree that’s a few feet away. Keeping your hips squared with your shoulders, extend your arms overhead and lift your left leg off the ground and reaching back for the tree’s surface.
 
Action: Lengthen your body out, so that you create the letter “T.” Keep your left leg, arms, torso and right leg straight. Lower your arms so your hands are facing in creating a fist. Exhale as your raise your arms out to the sides performing a reverse fly—isometrically squeezing your shoulder blades together. 
 
Modification:
Easier: Use a bent leg propped up against the tree.
 
Focal Points: 
•    Rely on core, not tree
•    Rest back toes lightly against the tree
 

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