I was doing a postural assessment class at the local city for a number of employees. One person asked a very interesting question. His personal trainer told him that he had horrible posture. He was wondering what he could do about his posture.
What To Do If You Have Horrible Posture?
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If your trainer has told you that you have horrible posture, you need to fire that trainer because if that trainer doesn’t understands and encourages to help you move toward your goals then he/she is not a very good trainer. If the word “horrible” comes out of their mouth, if they are negative, if they are not encouraging, if they are not educating you properly then fire the trainer because there are lots of other great trainers that are out there. There a lot of other trainers who can help you with your posture.
There are two very important things that you can do with your posture problem. Throughout the day, our posture most of the time is not exactly ideal.
Bent Over Row Perfect Posture
- When you are in the gym, you should try to exercise and train with perfect posture. Let’s say you are doing like a bent over row. You have to make sure that you have good positioning in the feet, knees and hips, tight core and then go through that rowing movement and strengthening in that ideal perfect posture.
- I would recommend you not to think about bringing your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Assume that you are like a puppet who is being pulled, elongated and straightened out. Throughout the day, try to think about that as opposed to bringing your shoulders back and bringing your shoulder blades together. Think about being elongated and being pulled tall and straight.
So, there you go! If your trainer tells you that you have horrible posture then fire them and find another one. To improve your posture when you are in the gym, make sure your posture is perfect and train in that perfect posture. When you are moving throughout the day, try to look at yourself being elongated and stretched out in to straight posture.
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