Partner Stretches

Type of Activity: Warm-Up

Props Needed: None

Process: Have everyone partner up-with someone they don't know very well.  Have them stand side by side.  Give out the following commands:

Head Rolls--Relax your shoulders.  Slowly and gently roll your head around clockwise.  Be careful not to hyper-extend your head back.  Now, switch directions and roll your head counter clockwise.  Try not to fall down!

Side Stretch--Stand side by side with your partner.  Place your hand on your partner's closest shoulder.  While both facing forward, reach your outside hand upwards and try to touch your  partner's outside hand.  Now bring your outside hands back down and reach down to touch the lowest point on your own outside leg.  (Repeat)  Switch sides with your partner and repeat the steps above.

Facing Stretch--Stand facing your partner.  Place your hands on their shoulders (not around their neck!).  Slowly bend at the waist and lower your head to form a table top with your upper body.  Feel the stretch in the back and back of your arms.  Slowly straighten up to your original position.

Quad Stretch--Stand side by side with your partner.  Place your hand on your partner's closest shoulder.  While both facing forward, bring your outside foot up behind you and grab your foot.  Use your partner for balance.  Slowly pull your foot upwards and lean forward slowly.  Straighten up and release your foot.  (Repeat)  Switch sides with your partner and repeat the steps above.

Abs, Back, and Legs Stretch--Stand back to back with your partner, then take a half step forward.  Spread your feet shoulder width apart.  Slowly reach your hands over your head and try to touch the fingers of your partner.  Now slowly reach down through your legs and try to touch your partner's fingers.  (Repeat)

Debrief Topics:

  • Why is it important to stretch?
  • What expectations do you have for today?

Facilitator Notes:  With any stretching, encourage people to move slowly and avoid bouncing.  If you do the stretches with the group they will follow your lead.

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