Three Variations of Thoracic Extension

Improve upper body posture with thoracic extension exercises. The thoracic spine is the medical name for the midback. Combat slouching and upper cross syndrome by strengthening the thoracic paraspinal muscles. A strong thoracic spine is vital to proper upper body posture, neck health and shoulder function.

Isometric Prone Thoracic Extension

Isometric exercise.

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Neck Strengthening Exercises with a Harness and Weight Plate

Build powerful neck muscles with a head harness and weight plates. These are advanced exercises that should be used by intermediate and advanced level trainees. Begin with manual cervical spine strengthening exercises, gradually increase the intensity with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises then advance to neck strengthening exercises with a head harness and weight plates.Read the rest

Three Manual Neck Strengthening Exercises

Build a strong neck with these three manual exercises that do not require equipment. Strengthen the deep cervical flexors, trapezius, levator scapula, scalenes and sternocleidomastoids. Neck strength is important in all sports, in blue collar and white collar occupations and activities of daily living. The neck is named the cervical spine in medical terminology. Possessing … Read the rest

Four Exercises for Upper Body Posture

Strengthen the upper back muscles, the posterior neck muscles and the muscles that retract the scapulae to improve your upper body posture. The upper back muscles that straighten the spine are the thoracic paraspinals. The muscles that retract the scapula are the rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius. The deep Read the rest

Posterior Deltoid Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the posterior head of the deltoid muscle to develop proportional shoulder strength. The deltoid possess three heads anterior, lateral and posterior. Often times the anterior and lateral heads are stronger than the posterior head. Powerful shoulder require all three heads to be trained properly.

Posterior Deltoid

Origin: Scapular spine

Insertion: Deltoid tuberosity

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Three Foot Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles and extrinsic foot muscles to improve posture, enhance lower extremity function, increase balance and prevent injuries. Perform foot strengthening exercises consistently and correctly for optimum results. The foot and lower leg muscles are seldom trained. They are often the most neglected muscles in the body. Implement a foot strengthening program … Read the rest