The 6 Best Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises

Hey!  Do you want a bigger front  and overhead squat?  How about pressing more weight overhead?  How about healthier shoulders with the ability to press things without hurting?  Maybe...

Hey!  Do you want a bigger front  and overhead squat?  How about pressing more weight overhead?  How about healthier shoulders with the ability to press things without hurting?  Maybe you just want your overhead press to look a little less like your grandma reaching into the cabinet to grab some porridge in the morning.

I wake up in a heaping pile of sweat every morning having dreamt of pressing 400 pounds over my head (while riding a magic carpet and throwing fireballs.)

Anyhoo, Thoracic Spine Mobility is an incredibly important part of making all of this happen.  Mobility is the first step in the process of building a strong and safe overhead position.  Without adequate mobility you’ll never reach your potential.  Thoracic spine mobility is the first step.

There are a lot of exercises out there for thoracic spine mobility and I believe some are better then others.  I’ve settled on a few that I use and feel really get the job done with minimal equipment.

If you want to learn more about shoulder flexibility/thoracic spine mobility and how it is important for not wrecking your shoulders check out this previous post HERE:

Without further ado, here are the vids bro…

Hit that upper back and then report back to me, does your press look and feel cleaner?

Remember that there is more to injury prevention and longevity then having a mobile thoracic spine.   I spend copious amounts of time creating competitive crossfit programming for those who wish to minimize risk of injury and promote longevity.  Learn more about the program by clicking HERE:

Want more great ideas for thoracic mobility?  Want to actually learn when the thoracic spine is what you need to mobilize?  Check out Dr. Dave Tilley and my product where we show you how:

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Dan

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11 Comments on this post.
  • 12 Most Critical Lessons of 2012 « Fitness Pain Free
    27 December 2012 at 10:26
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    […] be doing it with weight.  Figure out if you have enough flexibility to press overhead.  Fix your thoracic spine.  Fix your shoulder flexibility.  Be happy […]

  • 12 Most Critical Lessons Of 2012 | FITNESS PAIN FREE
    27 December 2012 at 10:26
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    […] be doing it with weight.  Figure out if you have enough flexibility to press overhead.  Fix your thoracic spine.  Fix your shoulder flexibility.  Be happy […]

  • Push Press 101: Why Does Push Press Hurt My Lower Back? Part 2 | FITNESS PAIN FREE
    11 February 2013 at 10:26
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    […] Here are some other thoracic spine mobility drills I really like: […]

  • Why Do My Hips Hurt When I Squat? Femoral Acetabular Impingement: Part 2 | FITNESS PAIN FREE
    5 March 2013 at 10:26
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    […] My 6 favorite thoracic spine mobility drills […]

  • Read
    18 May 2013 at 10:26
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    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is
    also very good.

  • The Importance of Thoracic Mobility
    24 July 2013 at 10:26
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    […] FitnessPainFree […]

  • Daniel Beaulieu
    4 August 2013 at 10:26
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    “Great, thanks for sharing this blog post.Thanks Again. Cool.”

  • The Best Mobility and Stability Exercises to Improve the Front Rack: Part 1 – Addressing the Thoracic Spine | FITNESS PAIN FREE
    9 December 2013 at 10:26
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    […] can also find a long list of my favorite thoracic spine mobility exercises with video demonstration HERE.  I also like the thoracic spine mobility and stability exercises seen in my squat warmup video […]

  • Don
    27 August 2014 at 10:26
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    Thanks for video. Noticed body starting to pain up in different areas since turning 60. Since feb upper back gets pretty tight and hurts bad. Fact is down today because of it. Will rest a couple days and start your mobility exercises afterwards. Will continue to check your website and also will let you know if these help prevent future pain.

    • djpope
      7 September 2014 at 10:26
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      Sounds good Don, let me know.

  • Update on What's On at IntoYou – IntoYou
    25 October 2015 at 10:26
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    […] Follow this link to see 6 exercises that can improve the health and movement of your spine: http://fitnesspainfree.com/the-6-best-thoracic-mobility-exercises/. Anyone who has any “core” symptoms should aim to make these ritual in your exercise […]

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