Exercise of the Week: Half-Kneeling Wall Press 1-arm Kettlebell Thoracic Rotations

About the Author: Eric Cressey

With this week’s 25% off sale on Sturdy Shoulder Solutions, I thought it would be a good time to share one of my favorite thoracic spine mobility drils. The Half-kneeling Wall Press 1-arm Kettlebell Thoracic Rotation is a great example of how the best way to train rotation is from a neutral platform.

You’ll notice that the rib cage is perfectly stacked over the pelvis, and the legs and feet are perfectly in alignment so that he can rotate in a narrow hallway. Further up the chain, the push of the left hand against the wall at 90 degrees of flexion gets us some serratus anterior recruitment, and left serratus activation actually facilitates right thoracic rotation. In other words, the more he pushes into the wall with his left hand, the more he can rotate to the right.

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