Becoming Unapologetically Powerful: Thoracic Spine Stabilization for the Back Squatby Jennifer Blake
Here’s the great thing about powerlifting, and lifting weights in general: There are always new things to learn and new cues to layer in to continue making your lifts strong, safe, and powerful.
In our first “Becoming Unapologetically Powerful” video, “Hand and Elbow Position for the Back Squat,” we talked about the importance of upper-back tension and elbow positioning as it translates to not folding forward when you are powering out of the hole of your back squat. Adding a bit more nuance to that is a cue I picked up from world-record setting powerlifter Chris Duffin, and it’s about how to incorporate hand and elbow positioning with the position of your thoracic spine to best be able to brace—and generate lots of internal pressure—with a loaded bar on your back.
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Okay, now give this next video in the “Becoming Unapologetically Powerful” series a watch, and as always, leave any questions or comments below. Enjoy!
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