Thoracic Spine 101: What Every Trainer Needs to Know

by Jon Rimmer |   Date Released : 17 Jan 2014
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Jon Rimmer

About the author: Jon Rimmer

Jon Rimmer began his training career over a decade ago as a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, later adding NASM’s advanced credentials of Sports Fitness Specialist, Integrated Flexibility Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Currently he holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the California University of Pennsylvania. He’s the founder of The Training Rim personal fitness studio in Belford, N.J. where he is the Director of Training. Jon is the author of “Iron: Kettlebell and Body Weight Training 101,” has been interviewed by News 12 New Jersey, and his articles have appeared in IEEE Potentials Magazine,, and

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Rimmer, Jon | 06 Mar 2014, 11:09 AM

Thanks Cathy - not sure where I said to go into an anterior tilt. That said, the hips have to flex obviously. The pelvis moving because of hip flexion is a good thing. But that's not the issue: If there's compensatory lumbar extension, that's a bad thing to be assidously avoided. Thanks again - Jon

Bryan, Cathy | 05 Mar 2014, 15:24 PM

Why would we put our client, who probably already has an anterior pelvic tilt, into an anterior pelvic tilt position to do the straight leg dead lift? I always try to keep my clients in neutral pelvis during all forward flexion exercises... in all exercises actually. Thanks for a great article!

Ferraz, Eduarda | 02 Feb 2014, 11:04 AM

Great help, .

Rimmer, Jon | 19 Jan 2014, 13:42 PM

Thanks Joanne!

Blackerby, Joanne | 14 Jan 2014, 16:58 PM

Great breakdown! Thanks!

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