When considering posture, most of us are aware of the slumped, rounded back position. We understand that this is generally not a safe position to practice lifting things off of the ground.
However, it also important to keep in mind what the opposite end of the spectrum looks like. If slumped or rounded back position is bad (which it is), then an excessive arching or extension of the spine, as opposed to the flexion of the mentioned previously, is an equally unsafe lifting posture.
Often coaches like to cue "chest up and shoulders back" to counteract the rounded or slump position. This can work great for some people but for others will encourage that excessive extension or arching position. This means that their lower back muscles are working extra hard when they don't need to be. 📌
The safest position is going to be a neutral spine or flat back where there isn't excess lumbar spinal movement in either flexion or extension. Again, most people know what a poor position looks like in terms of forward flexion but don't forget the other side of the coin. Neutral spine alignment without overcorrecting will allow the trunk/core to stabilize more optimally against the weight and keep you lifting smarter and longer.
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