VIDEO: Let Me Show You How Bad Posture Is Making You Weaker, Less Athletic, And More Prone to Injury
The concept is simple. Your position has a huge impact on how effectively you can engage certain muscle groups. If you have bad posture, you really can't access the muscles that support your position and give you power to do things from picking up the groceries to tending goal like a star on your community soccer team.
Dr. Vladimir Janda is one of the most famous therapists who's worked on treating bad posture. His research on something called 'lower cross syndrome' is related to the test I go through in the video below. If you've never heard of this, or don't care about the science-y stuff... don't worry about it. Just leave the academics to me and try this exercise!
The Benefits Of Good Posture To Your Athleticism
If you can get into the right position, you will perform better. You'll produce more stability and more force). You'll also suffer less injuries because you avoid overworking a joint or muscle group when you're able to spread the load of the weight you lift around. It's that simple.
The Benefits Of Training For Good Posture
I want you to train good positions and work on your body to the point that good posture becomes your automatic, subconscious default. Posture shouldn't be something that you have to think about all the time or fight to maintain.
Try this simple drill to see one example of how this works. Can you tell the difference?
Hint: if you can't tell any difference before and after, chances are your glutes and abs are severely inhibited. Get the help of a good coach to get them working properly again.