Thoracic spine

  • 5 Reasons Your Elbows Drop During Heavy Cleans and Front Squats

    We’ve all seen it before.  With front squats your body stays nice and upright during warm-up sets.  As the weights get heavy you notice your athletes start dumping the weight forward when they come out of the hole.   The elbows drop down and with it usually the head...
  • Easy Circuit to Strengthen Overhead Mobility

    This week’s post adds onto the post earlier in the week.  In the prior article we spoke about the importance of accurately determining where your mobility limitations lie, choosing the correct mobilizations and then reinforcing that new motion.  In this article I share 3 of my favorite reinforcement and...
  • 6 Principles to Finally Fixing Your Overhead Mobility

    Gaining new overhead mobility seems to be an elusive thing.  We all want it so we can snatch, kip and jerk like all-stars, however few seem to get there.  What gives?  In my experience gaining new motion can be very challenging but if we follow specific principles it can...
  • Is Weighted Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine a Bad Idea?

    Foam rolling for the thoracic spine is a good intervention for improving thoracic spine motion.  I use it for myself, patients and athletes regularly.  However, should we be adding weight to the movement?  My answer is that it probably depends. Now, if you’re rolling your thoracic spine properly it...
  • How To Assess Thoracic Spine Mobility

    Thoracic spine mobility is vital for shoulder health and performance during all loaded overhead movements.  An unfortunate trend I’ve noticed with my articles is that people care far more about mobility exercises then they care about assessments for the same area.  Now, wouldn’t you think that knowing whether or...
  • You Should Foam Roll Your Thoracic Spine Properly

    So I guess why I’m revisiting this topic is because I continue to see people who foam roll their thoracic spine incorrectly.  It’s such a powerful movement when done properly so I don’t want to ignore it.  I think most people realize that when they foam roll their thoracic...
  • 3 Simple and Effective Kettlebell Thoracic Spine Mobility and Scapular Stability Exercises

    Shoulder health is a favorite topic of mine.  Having adequate thoracic spine mobility is an important variable for healthy shoulders.  Also important is being able to properly control the shoulder blade on top of the ribcage. I’ve been messing around with some rib-pull and kettlebells lifts lately and came up...
  • 5 Minute Overhead Mobility

    One of the biggest things I focus on clinically in the crossfit athlete (and any other individual that requires full overhead range of motion) is overhead mobility.  I regularly get patients that complain of low back pain and pinchy shoulders with overhead movement.  It makes sense.  If you’re lacking...
  • The Best Exercises For Crossfit Shoulder Health

    As we all know, shoulder health is paramount in crossfit.  From personal experience I’ve found that shoulders tend to be one of the most commonly injured and painful joints in crossfit.  I believe one of the major reasons for this is that Crossfit contains a large amount of shoulder...