The Issue: Shortened Pecs
You have two small muscles – the pec major and pec minor – in front of your chest, and the pec minor is often incredibly imbalanced on most men, says corrective exercise specialist Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up. If your biceps are super tight and your shoulders are elevated and/or internally rotated (like a stereotypical bodybuilder or office worker), your pec minors are probably overworked, which can cause a lot of neck pain and tightness in your upper traps.
Do soft tissue work daily (or as often as possible) to help loosen your pecs up. Place a small, pliable therapy ball on either side of your chest (as shown), and lie facedown, with the balls/ on top of yoga blocks. Gently massage your pecs and make swim strokes with your arms to get really deep into the tissue. Don’t have yoga blocks? You can try massaging the same areas by standing at the corner of a column, and leaning against the wall.Back to top