Why a 'straight' back is NOT good for fitness training
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I recently overheard a trainer telling his client to maintain a straight back during an exercise. This brought up and old gripe of mine.
If you've seen a skeleton you'll know that the spine isn't straight. Instead it forms more of a soft "S" shape. This is important to remember when you're training as this soft 'S' is your basis for just about all movement. The 'S' allows for your spine to safely absorb and manage every exercise including carrying loads and dynamic forces, much like the suspension in your car does.
The good news is that in general, if you focus on a long spine, your spine should naturally assume this soft 'S'. However, every movement will throw up a unique challenge when it comes to maintaining this posture. When squatting you're want to hunch forward, when planking you're going to want to sag your hips, when deadlifting you're going to want to hunch and so on.
Always be conscious of your posture when training. If you find you can't maintain your strong 'S' shape the exercise you are doing is too advanced or the weight is too heavy. Train in front of mirror if you're not sure whether you're hitting this posture or not.
Get this right and you'll not only stay 'back-pain' free, but you''l also move better and have a slimmer waist. Good news for summer.