Extending arms overhead will strengthen the back Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12:04 a.m. San Diego Union Tribune. Pg. E3. Howard Lipin.

The move: Y’s.

Works on: Scapular stabilization.

Level of difficulty: Moderate.

Precautions: Shoulder impingement.

Setup: Lie face down on a bench or a gym ball.

Steps: Arms are extended overhead at a 45-degree angle above shoulder level, with the thumbs pointed up to facilitate external rotation. Focus on squeezing the shoulders up toward the ceiling. Squeeze for one second and then release.

Repetitions: Two sets of 15 reps.

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