Open Tight Chest Muscles with Arm Scissors on the Arc Barrel

When you have the Arc barrel under your upper back and reach your arms above your head, you naturally create a stretch for tight chest muscles. By practicing Arm scissors on the Arc barrel, you get to stretch your chest, strengthen your abs, and activate scapular stabilizers. That’s quite a bit of activity for such a simple exercise. Here’s how to correctly practice Arm scissors on the Arc barrel.

Arm Scissors on the Arc Barrel

  1. Place the Arc barrel so that the curve seems like a bump in the road on your mat.
  2. Lean back on the Arc barrel so that your upper back is near the apex of the barrel. You should feel like your head is supported and your heart is opening toward the ceiling.
  3. Broaden your collarbones.
  4. Bring your arms straight above your chest, shoulder-width apart. Keep your elbows straight and your palms facing each other.
  5. Use Pilates breathing throughout.
  6. arm scissors on the arc barrelInhale and reach your right arm overhead while your left arm moves by your left side. Your arms should move in opposite directions. Make sure that your overhead arm doesn’t go so far that your shoulder starts to slide toward your ear or your elbow starts to bend. For your arm by your side, make sure that your shoulder doesn’t round forward when your arm reaches by your side.
  7. Exhale and move both arms back to your starting position.
  8. Inhale and reach your left arm overhead while your right arm moves by your right side. Again, keep your arms very straight and don’t lose the neutral position of your shoulders.
  9. Exhale and move both arms back to your starting position.
  10. Complete 5-10 reps. (Make sure that when you’re counting, doing both the right and left sides counts as one rep.)
  11. To come out of this position, use you hands to help you tuck your chin to your chest and roll up one vertebra at a time.

Finding the Best Arc Barrel

If you’re in the market for an Arc barrel, I recently compared the top five Arc barrels on the market. Here’s who made my top five list and which barrel I’d buy.

Arm Scissors on the Arc Barrel Video

Here is a video for visual learners.

Do you prefer practicing Arm scissors on the Arc barrel or on the Mat? Let us know in the comments below.

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