T-Spine Mobility? Who Needs It…??

I don’t know if you saw this, but here’s a quick video for you on regaining your thoracic spine mobility. (Iron Tamer and I filmed it back in December when I was at his place. He’s coming to my place in April, so we’ll have some more videos for you…)

What’s thoracic spine mobility good for?

Oh, just a few things like Pressing, Snatching, Squatting, Deadlifting, to mention a few.

Let me know what you think…

13 comments… add one
  • Ken Whidden Mar 24, 2010 @ 17:19

    Good stuff. Nice job on the video.

    Ken Whidden, DC
    Emerald Coast Chiropractic

    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:02

      Thanks, Ken.

  • Chris Leeman Mar 24, 2010 @ 20:33

    Thanks Geoff, Been doing alot of arm bars and really appreciate the nuances that are easily overlooked.

    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:05

      No problem, Chris.

  • Tim Tweedy Mar 24, 2010 @ 22:01

    Thanks Geoff – Excellent information as always. Much appreciated.

    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:05

      Glad it helped, Tim.

  • Anna Dornier Mar 25, 2010 @ 10:07

    Great video. I believe we did this one at the RKC in August. Thanks for the reminder.


    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:04

      Anna – Yup, we show an introductory variation of the armbar at the RKCs. It’s great stuff.

    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:05

      Thanks, Anna. Yup, we show an introductory variation of the armbar at the RKCs. It’s great stuff.

  • Russ Moon Mar 27, 2010 @ 13:53

    Iron Tamed –
    TGU 5 reps each arm w 32 kg.

    Friday Snatching

    30 rounds of 7 reps 15:15 snatch w 16 kg
    2 minutes rest
    5 rounds of 20 reps 30:30 snatch w 24 kg


    6 rounds of various pull downs/dual 32 kg press x 10

    • GEOFFN Mar 28, 2010 @ 14:03

      Russ – You’re moving along nicely, my man! Keep it up!

  • Randy Hauer Apr 2, 2010 @ 13:03

    In light of your most recent post and discussion on FMS, would you now change your ideas in this post about the RKC arm bar? It is essentially, as Brett might put it, using “load to shove us through restrictions,” in this case T-spine restrictions. (Ironically, A/P T- glides are actually one of the few Z drills that I like and actually find useful for improving overhead barbell work…RKC arm bar not so much )
    Technique question: shouldn’t the shoulder you are lying on be pulled down away from the ear more such that the scapulae are more aligned/stacked?

  • Brett Jones Apr 4, 2010 @ 18:47

    and NO you are incorrect – once again this is a drill where you breath and release restrictions AND if you follow the Secrets of the Shoulder progressions the Arm bar follows MANY other corrective drills so you would have cleared a huge degree of t-spine restriction before you ever do the arm bar.

    Arm bar is about proprioceptive vertical, shoulder stability and a bit of a bottom up t-spine rotation. As I said – it is taken on after you have progressed through several other t-spine and shoulder drills.


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