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Thoracic Mobility and Overhead Pressing

Hey CT,

I’m looking to reincorporate overhead pressing into my training. I train in a powerlifting style but have avoided OP for a few months owing to poor overhead mobility (which I attribute to poor t-spine mobility). I’ve focused on doing mobilization exercises and foam rolling and feel as though this has given me a bit more ROM, but I’m still far from perfect.

My question is: should I avoid overhead pressing altogether until I have 100% unstrained overhead mobility (i.e., until my upper arms can be perfectly vertical without having to compensate by bending my lumbar spine – provided this ever happens), or can I begin earlier, perhaps by using less weight and/or starting with exercises that put less strain on the lower back (e.g., seated DB military press)?

Thanks in advance!