While we all know that lifting with a rounded lower back is a big no no, a rounded upper back is also something the athlete needs to address.
More of a performance issue, a rounded thoracic spine usually translates to internally rotated shoulders at the start of a lift. The result of this less efficient start position translates to extra wasted motion at the finish of the second pull as the internally rotated shoulders must now rotate externally to achieve a much stronger position and stronger second pull. Why not just start where you finish?
More often than not, it is more of a body awareness issue rather than mobility. Today, I offer a simple way to address the lack of body awareness in newer lifters who might be struggling to achieve a better start position from the floor.
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