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, and he was wondering what he could do about it.
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If your trainer has told you that you have horrible posture, you need to fire that trainer. If that trainer doesn’t understand and encourage you to 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. There are lots of other great trainers that are out there. There are 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 most of the day, our posture 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. For example, during a bent-over row, make sure that you have good positioning in your feet, knees, and hips. Ensure you have a tight core, and then go through the rowing movement and strengthen in that ideal posture.
- I would recommend that you not think about bringing your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Assume that you are 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, as if a string was pulling you up from the top of your head.
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. This will help strengthen and reinforce that good posture position. When you are moving throughout the day, try to think about yourself being elongated and stretched out into a straight posture.
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