10. Lacrosse Ball Lat Stretch
Alternatively, you can use a lacrosse ball instead of a foam roller to put more pressure on specific parts of the lats.
Start by laying on your back with the lacrosse ball near your armpit. Then slowly roll onto your side, so the ball presses into your lat.
You can also slowly oscillate around to loosen up the entire armpit area.
Yoga Lat Stretches
Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility and mobility. And you can also use some yoga poses to stretch your lats.
11. Eagle Pose
The eagle pose (Garudasana) is a body position that opens your shoulders and stretches your back.
To begin, cross one arm under the other in front of your chest until your elbows touch. Then rotate you’re your forearms vertically.
If you can, clasp your hands together, then lift your arms toward the ceiling. As an alternative for those with limited mobility, simply bring your forearms and palms together in front of you.
12. Downward Dog Lat Stretch
Another option is the downward dog yoga pose. You can get a good lat stretch even if you have less upper body flexibility.
Begin on your hands and knees with your hands just in front of your shoulders. Then lift your knees off the floor and push your hips up while lowering your head.
You should end up forming a triangle shape with your feet, hips, and hands at each corner.