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“The World’s Greatest Stretch”: What It Is, Why It’s Called That, & How To Do It

Nothing beats a great stretching routine to keep your body in peak physical shape, and one of the most popular stretches out there is known as the “world’s greatest stretch”. I was first introduced to it by Dr. Arash Maghsoodi of [P]REHAB in episode 21 of my podcast. I have since made it a part of every post exercise cooldown I do. But what exactly IS this mysterious stretch, and why is it called the “greatest”? To provide some answers, this post will explore what exactly this stretch is, why it deserves such a grand title, and how you can perform it. So if you’re looking for a way to really take your fitness routine to the next level, then get ready for a deep dive into the world’s greatest stretch!

What is the World’s Greatest Stretch?

The World’s Greatest Stretch is an all-encompassing, dynamic stretch. It is designed to target the entire body, maximizing flexibility and enhancing range of motion in a short period of time.

It is known for its effectiveness and its ease of use. This sequence can be done anywhere, anytime and does not require any specialized equipment. I think it is perfect for anyone who is looking for an effective stretching routine for both their upper and lower body.

In addition, The World’s Greatest Stretch can be modified to fit the needs of the individual. For instance, if the stretch is too intense, the body can be lowered more slowly or the arms can be raised more slowly. It can also be done in a sitting position, if standing is too difficult. For example, I personally omit the hamstring stretch section of it. I like the stretch I get on my hamstrings from a standing position better.

The World’s Greatest Stretch is beneficial for everyone, no matter their level of flexibility and strength. It is a great tool for increasing mobility, reducing muscle tension, and improving overall coordination and balance. It can also help to improve posture and reduce stress.

So, if you’re looking to increase your flexibility and range of motion, the World’s Greatest Stretch is a great way to do it. Try it out today and experience all the benefits this awesome stretch has to offer! 

Why is it Called the World’s Greatest Stretch?

I remember the first time I heard Dr. Arash use the phrase. It was when I asked him for 2-3 key stretches to help a pickler with their mobility and flexibility. When he said “the World’s Greatest Stretch” I wasn’t sure if that was its name, or that was his opinion. After he described it, and after I tried it myself, I was quickly convinced it must be both.

One issue that plagued athletics for decades was the concept of isolating muscles for either stretching or strengthening. I came of age at that time, and began working on my muscles individually. Sport science now tells us that since muscles rarely perform by themselves, it’s a better approach to combine muscles in movements. This better reflects what is happening during athletic performance.

So why is it called the World’s Greatest Stretch? It is a great way to build strength, stability and flexibility in the body, as well as help build concentration and focus all at the same time. For me, it’s one of the most efficient stretches since it is really a combination of moves. I spend 30 seconds in each move, and when I’m done, I can immediately feel a difference in my body’s balance and movement.

How to Do the World’s Greatest Stretch

The world’s greatest stretch is a simple, yet powerful exercise that can help to improve your overall flexibility. By doing this sequence of exercises, you can target all of your major muscle groups, from your calves to your upper back.

To do the world’s greatest stretch, begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides. Step into a lunge posture with your left foot out in front, but take that step slightly outside the width of your shoulders. Now, place hands alongside your left foot so that your left foot is actually outside your hands. Feel the stretch deep in your hips. 

Next, reach your left hand up to the sky while leaving your foot and right hand in the same spot. You’re twisting your torso quite a bit, opening your chest up. You’ll feel stretched alllll over. 

Next, bring your left hand down, this time on the outside of your left foot. From here, rock your hips backwards so that you straighten your left leg. You’ll feel your left hamstring stretch in this move.

Now, return to the lunge again, but this time raise your right hand to the sky, feeling the stretch along the entire right side of your torso and leg.

Finally, repeat the whole sequence with your right foot out in front.

Wanna see Dr. Arash demonstrate it for you? Just click HERE to watch his dynamic stretch version of it. I like doing this sequence after my workout, and as such, I spend 30 seconds in each pose before moving on.

By doing the world’s greatest stretch, you can improve your overall flexibility and reduce your risk of injury. This stretch is a great way to warm up before any activity, and can also be done after your workout to help reduce muscle soreness. Additionally, this exercise can help to improve your range of motion and enable you to move with greater ease.


There are a million ways to stretch the body it seems. If you want one sequence that targets your entire core, look no further. The World’s Greatest Stretch helps to improve flexibility, posture, range of motion, and overall physical performance. It is a combination of stretches that target the chest, shoulders, lower back, hips, and hamstrings.

The World’s Greatest Stretch is an effective and efficient way to warm up the body before a workout and increase flexibility and mobility. It also helps to decrease the risk of injury. Each stretch should be done slowly and inhaling and exhaling should be done during the entire exercise.


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