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Everybody is chasing the perfect squat and pushing the limits of just how much weight they can move. The reality of the squat is that it is not just for power-lifters, it’s a foundation movement that is as simple as sitting down and getting up from the toilet seat!

The Squat Series is our attempt simplify this complex movement into a joint by joint approach. We provide you with a test for each joint, followed by some remedies for that specific issue.

It is time to talk about your pesky upper back and how it is reeking havoc on your squat. The thoracic spine (upper back) is one of the most forgotten about parts of human body! We spend so much time on our devices and hunched in chairs that we are LITERALLY folded forwards. This stiffness will force other areas of your body (ie. lower back, shoulder, neck) to compensate – which can only lead to bad things over time!

It’s time to take back what’s ours. We review the common faults seen with this restriction, some techniques to regain this range, and some exercises to activate, maintain and utilise your new found awesomeness.

Exercises

If this video wasn’t a enough here are the links to a full video demo in our Movement Library. 

  1. How To Foam Roll Your Upper Back – Grab a foam roller and place it perpendicular to your spine – roughly at the base of your shoulder blades. Now extend your head and shoulders back over the arch until you feel a comfortable stretch, and then return to neutral.
  2. How To Improve Thoracic Rotation

Featuring Mitch Starkman, Physiotherapist

If in doubt, it is always a good idea to get assessed by your healthcare practitioner so you can truly Move Like You Mean It!

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The Thoracic Spine | Fix Upper Back Stiffness | Episode 3 | The Squat Series

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