Side Reaches Exercise Guide

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Side Reaches are bodyweight exercise that works your lats.

Side Reaches are great moderate move. When done correctly, they can effectively target your back.

They require no equipment to do.

Side Reaches
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How to do Side Reaches


Stand tall with your feet wide apart. Rest a hand at your waist and raise the other hand above and across your body. Hold the stretch a moment at the top before returning and repeating on the other side.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do side reaches from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for side reaches may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for side reaches are:

Primary Muscles

  • Lats

Synergyst Muscles

  • Obliques

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles do Side Reaches work?
Side Reaches work lats.
What are Side Reaches good for?
Side Reaches are beneficial for conditioning, for stretching and to strengthen. They work the best for back, as they work lats. Side Reach is is a great bodyweight exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Side Reach a good exercise?
Side Reach is a popular bodyweight exercise for lats.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Side Reaches Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Side Reaches Standards and Averages


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Side Reaches Alternatives


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Side Reaches Variations

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Type(s) Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Warm Up
Muscles Worked Latissimus Dorsi, Obliques
Difficulty Level(s) Moderate
Equipment No Equipment
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Lats
Synergyst muscle(s) Obliques

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