Active Chest Flexibility

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Active Chest Flexibility Assessment



Stand or sit. Position bent arms up to sides; elbows bent shoulder height with wrists above elbows.


Pull elbows back behind shoulders as far as possible.


Elbows should be able to freely travel behind shoulders symmetrically. The distance elbows travel behind shoulders or range of motion is noted.


Elbows must be kept at shoulder height during attempt for consistent assessment protocol. A mirror may help monitor proper form and assist in a more accurate assessment. Note any pain or discomfort during movement. See Shoulder Transverse Adductor Inflexibility and Protracted Shoulder Girdle.


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