Dynamic Posture and more Spine Tuning


Posture training requires a lot of time and effort, so it is more likely to see transformations with body composition than body alignment. The focus now is on getting thoracic motion to a spine that is likely to be too kyphotic. I believe that the spine will move properly if you train properly. Instead of focusing on corrective exercise prescription I focus on improving technique. The lumbar, cervical, and thoracic zone will rotate, flex, extend, and laterally bend at values that will naturally be safe as our bodies have evolved to do so. If your upper back is restricted you may rotate in the lumbar area too much in a scorpion exercise, but don’t blame modern society for everything. We still must be accountable for our own training.

The attached photo (1) is an example of why front squats may not be for everyone. This clean catch demonstrates why those spending a few minutes a day on tennis ball crunch protocols are doomed to be an example of another brick in the wall. With high loads constantly pushing down the spine into flexion and even near posterior tilt it is frankly foolish to patch a program with corrective exercises. The back squat, one of many options, can be used to teach spinal extension and cleaning from the floor is another option that teaches stiffness and better postural forms. No wonder we are activating glutes all the time when poor choices ruin natural connections.

I suggest those that are busy activating muscles look to your own programs and see if you are deactivating your own body. Over the last year I realized that specific reflexes in the body were not being triggered, causing an increase of soft tissue therapy and now we are better. I have not cracked the code but I know when to call a spade a spade. Looking at the photo again I ask where’s the beef in terms of posterior chain development.1. Robert Remedios. (2008). Power Shrug and Hang Clean [Video Snapshot] Retrieved November 25, 2008, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx3gBcEJpTI
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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