With the simple addition of a medicine ball, I was able to use the Thoracic CARs exercise to improve range of motion, decrease stiffness, and also increase squeeze/tension which significantly increases not only the difficulty of the exercises, but really provides a deliberate muscle activation while increasing time under tension.
This is such a useful technique for grapplers who want to work on improving their “squeeze” while putting the torso in different positions.
I use this with athletes who are not only recovering from a rib injury, but also with those that want to improve mobility and squeeze strength.
Thoracic CARs video: https://youtu.be/1M5GxwuHmcs
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