Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 21: Preventing the Rib Flare Part 1

The core’s main function is to prevent the spine from moving.  We all think that crunches and sit-ups are the way we train the core, but it's not.  The core is designed to prevent our spines from extending, flexing or rotating while we pick up our children, lift weights, or perform in sports.

One of the most common core faults I see is that many people have difficulty preventing their back from extending.

Many people have difficulty preventing their back from extending, which is one of the most common core faults I see. The result of this extension causes loss in strength and performance as well as increasing our risk of injury.

Rib flare happens commonly in two ways.  The first is when we bring our arms over head, and the other is when we bring our hips into extension.  This is typically a control or mobility issue, and if you can't do it statically without load, you are probably doing it when you run, jump, squat, deadlift etc...

Here are some quick tips to help you disassociate the spine and the shoulders:

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