Fight off upper back stiffness and posture issues with the Thoracic Spine Prayer:

BENEFITS: This exercise targets mobility in your upper back and spine. It’s also a sneaky way to work on hip mobility. 

COACHING KEYS: Press the ground away through your forearm on the ground. Follow your elbow with your eyes as you open up toward the ceiling. Keep your butt back to your heels. 

HOW TO USE: Use this exercise between bouts at the computer, after/before long flights or in your warm-up to upper body day. Shoot for 2-4 sets of 5-15 repetitions.

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Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and founder of TD Athletes Edge.  He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

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