Kettlebell Thoracic Extensions

Coaching lifters remotely is great because you can work with people from all over the country, even the world, and help people get stronger and hopefully wiser in their own journey. The downside is you're not there with them, addressing everything in real time as it comes up.

So I started to use this movement both as a primer, before deadlifts, and as a finisher to get clients to understand what we're trying to get their thoracic to do in a deadlift, and also to build up the strength to hold that position under load.

A lot of times lifters are either unaware or unable to control movement coming from that part of the body because you can't see it, and you can't feel it. So one point of success I've had with lifters is to get them to do these extensions, film it, and then talk through it. Eventually getting to the point where they can coach themselves both on the movement and more importantly on the deadlift.

 

 

As a warm up, take a light KB and do these for 3-5 sets of 5-10 reps.

As a finisher, grab a heavier KB and work up to 10-15 reps (beware of the back pump though).

 

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