Since Instagram is so popular right now, I decided to put together a 22-day series of quick educational posts.

For the next 22 days I will post a quick video or photo that will cover various topics; from fitness to nutrition to living a healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to share some fitness and wellness information that will help you with your health-related goals.

DAY 17 OF 22

Today’s post is about Desk Stretches.

Generally speaking, sitting is bad. While I wish everyone who has to work at a desk could have a ‘stand up desk’, I realize that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So if you have to sit at a desk, I highly recommend that you set a timer and get up frequently to move your body.

I also recommend a couple stretches that focus on areas that are commonly tight due to sitting.

  1. Neck stretch – gently let the head fall to the side
  2. Glute stretch – gently press the knee towards the floor
  3. Shoulder/Chest stretch – actively pull your shoulders back and down
  4. Quad/Hip flexor stretch – keep your chest up and use the desk for support
  5. Upper back stretch (T-spine) – let your chest “fall” towards the floor and breathe


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).  

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, CrossFit Level-1 Training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

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