Just because you can lift heavy things overhead doesn’t necessarily mean you should doing so right from the start.

Pressing without the proper shoulder mobility, thoracic spine mobility, and core stability is like building a strong house on top of a weak foundation…sooner or later something is going to give.

Here are two quick assessments to find out if you are ready to press overhead:

1️. Can you get your shoulders to about 180 degrees of shoulder flexion (in-line with the midline of the body) without elbows bending? (picture on the left)

AND/OR

2️. Can you get your arms overhead and in-line with your midline without overarching at the lower back and flaring the ribs? (picture on the right)

If no one or both, then you’ve got some mobility and stability work to do before you should really think about going overhead!

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