I have been asked why I place such an emphasis on the upper back in my articles. The reason is that if someone can improve their upper back, their entire body, or at least their upper limbs, will display good anatomy, resulting in more power, strength, and speed. The upper back, consisting of the humerus, clavicle, and scapula bones, is known as the pectoral girdle. These bones are connected via several ligaments, and all the muscles are connected to these bones via tendons, making it a robust structure.

The upper limb is connected to the rest of the skeleton only at one point, the sternoclavicular joint, which is a strong joint in the front and not at the back. This floating structure is full of muscles, making it as strong, powerful, and useful as any other body part. The upper back is connected to our spine via these muscles. It is difficult to isolate and work on any specific muscle in the upper back as all muscles are integrated with each other. Thus, some muscles take more stress than others, leading to all kinds of shapes and sizes in the upper back.

The sporting movements that stress specific muscles more than others can cause more imbalance in the structure. While it is easier to bring the front in order given its strong skeletal structure (ribs, sternum, clavicle), it is difficult to balance the upper back without proper training. When the upper back is in order, the front has no choice but to be in order too. Celebrities and models often show their anterior side more than the posterior as the front is easier to bring in order.

To summarize, the upper back is a critical structure for more power, strength, and speed. The integration of muscles and floating structure make it difficult to balance without proper training, leading to various shapes and sizes. However, when the upper back is in order, it positively affects the front too.