Generally, I keep in very good shape. I used to “body build” years ago, and learned tons about nutrition, exercise and the body.
Some exercises were techniques to expand the rib cage. Most movements invloved stretching (with weight resistance) the arms way back over the head while lying on a bench, so that the rib cage would stretch out. The emphasis was on expanding the rib cage…making ones body more exspansive on top.
I always wondered about the effectiveness of these exercises. While body builders do have big chests and large upperbodies, it could very well be that it all is due to weight traiing the muscle groups, and might have nothing to do with resistance training of the rib cage. Does the rib cage stretching add anything in terms of size?
Any facts available? Can one expand their rib cage?