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:
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