While weak addominals can be a culprit, when it comes to hip extension exercises, usually weak gluteals are to blame. I mentioned several exercises that can help improve pelvic posture during heavy resistance training, including the hip thrust, American deadlift, and RKC plank.
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Many seem to believe that the act of protracting the scapulae causes rounding of the thoracic spine. This assumption at its core, is erreneous. Are the actions often linked by movement habit? Yes. Are the two actions inextricably linked by anatomy? No!. A strong T-spine will hold an extension independently of scapular positions.
Lately there have been many experts suggesting that for optimal squatting and conventional deadlifting performance, one should purposefully create torque by screwing one's feet to the ground. Kelly Starrett and Mark Bell are two proponents of this.
Most lifters start working out to look and feel better. Along the way, they get sucked into one of the numerous fitness cults out there and turn into annoying fitness snobs. No matter what anyone tells you, many roads lead to Rome. There are many ways to see great results in the gym.
What is Functional Training?
- Any stimulus which prepares the body to more successfully perform the required activity.
- In the last decade a shift from machine based to functional training has occurred.
1. Muscle isolation or rigid multi-joint patterns do not effectively mimic the demands of triplaner movement, gravity and unexpected demands.