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Mark Kosmowski 08-27-2010 11:40 AM

learning lifts on my own
If I learn lifts on my own from the videos on the main page and the SS book, is it going to be helpful for form to be mindful of my thoracic vertebrae curve? Meaning, to keep my posture such that my thoracic curve is correct?

I notice that I tend to be hunched a bit at rest. Is hunched the same as rounded back when people discuss poor form here?


Lawrence "Bo" Boland III 08-27-2010 11:51 AM

Re: learning lifts on my own

1) You can definitely learn on your own. Keep the weight light at first, and take videos with a digital camera or cell phone. Watch those videos yourself to correct what you see and/or post them online for critique.

2) Look into the Neanderthal No More series. A rounded upper back, forward shoulders, and craned neck are from sitting at a computer too long. This series helps you identify and correct postural issues.

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Lincoln Brigham 08-27-2010 12:01 PM

Re: learning lifts on my own
Mark, most of the time when the discussion is about a rounded back during the lifts it usually is referring to the lumbar region. The thoracic region can also be too rounded (excessive kyphosis aka hunchback) but is generally not considered as serious of a problem since the thoracic region is naturally in kyphosis anyway. The lower back problem is when the lumbar vertegbra go from lordosis into kyphosis, which puts a strain on the vertebrae, discs, etc.

Robert Woller 08-27-2010 03:17 PM

Re: learning lifts on my own
My first year of CrossFit I learned all the movements myself by watching videos. But joining a box is one of the best things I ever did. There's really no substitute for a great coach.

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