The thoracic spine and lats are common tight areas for a lot of people. These areas tend to get short and tight as we age, especially if you're forced to work at a desk all day and you get that exaggerated forward lean into the computer screen.
This can play havoc in your workout efforts by inhibiting full activation of the lats and upper back musculature in pressing and pulling motions, making the neck extensors work harder and cause the shoulders to have to do more work in any sort of pressing motion. All things that we want to avoid.
By simply using a foam rolling and keeping these tissues loosened up we can encourage proper scapular motion and upper back positioning for all our important pressing and pulling motions, while enabling our back to do it's job of stabilizing and helping support our spines correctly.
Jesse “Captain Smash” Howland is the owner of SMASH’s Strength Lab, which offers targeted personal training to reach a variety of fitness and physique goals. A natural bodybuilder, competitive powerlifter, certified personal trainer, and nutrition coach, Jesse is often the go-to resource for personal training Ottawa. He studied Exercise Science at Oregon State University and even trained at the world famous Gold’s Gym. He’s a former US Army Captain with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a former blog writer at Veterans Fitness Career College, and former Chief Executive Officer at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). His workouts and personal training are army-inspired to help reach your weightloss, athletic, or physique goals.