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From the Archives: Identifying and Correcting Thoracic Spinal Flexion in the Squat

by Bill Hannon | December 28, 2019

If the lifter allows the upper back to flex, the bar position, the effective back segment length, and the moment arm between the bar and hips all essentially become variable, and the biomechanical equation of squatting becomes vastly harder to solve. A flexed upper back represents a loss of control over the interface with one of the two external inputs to the lifter, and this will have a huge impact on the quality and efficiency your squat.

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