I just had an amazing weekend in Alexandria, Va. My family and I took a short weekend trip to hang with great friends and get my learn ON. Kelly Starrett was in the house for a private seminar at Trident CrossFit, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Quatro Deuce.
Stop learning and you stop living. Period. I am gonna be attacking my learning this year like never before. The goal is to get smarter and better in order to help Underground Strength Nation & Underground Strength Gym become BIG time better as well. When I get better so do you.
The critical importance of this blog post is to get Underground Strength Nation to show some serious attention to posture during every waking minute. Your shitty posture can BIG time lead to pain and in effective movement and overall performance.
I saw a picture of my back and saw just how sloped downward my shoulders were (Anterior Depression. It's NOT so much that training hurt me, it was what I was doing during the majority of my day that was hurting me: Sitting & Poor Posture.
By the way, what are the 2 unhealthiest things I've ever done in my life?
Writing a book and opening a 2nd gym! ha ha I am aggressively working on my posture at ALL times and have completely removed sitting from my book writing time, standing desk ONLY. I suggest you do the same.
Let me explain in this video where I discuss how improving your posture is the same as training for life. HUGE thanks for the inspiration from K-Star.
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Please drop your comments / questions below and also check out this opportunity to pre-order K Stars new book, 'Becoming A Supple Leopard'.
I'll have to get him to explain what that means with a surprise I have for Underground Strength Nation.
Mike k says
Not going to lie, I’m jealous zach. You need to get him to jersey now.
Mike – K Star will be Jerzee Bound for a special Underground Strength Coach invite course!
Strong By Choice says
Z, this is vital, vital, vital!
Thank you for touching on this and please continue to do so!!
I absolutely will!
Darragh Holland says
Great vid Zach. I have been doing a lot more foam rolling and mobility work this past 12 months and notice a huge improvement.
So do you now have 2 facilities now do you?? How do you find the balance, I’m thinking of opening another soon but it’s hard to get advice from anyone that has actually done it.
Anyway, great stuff, keep it going 😉
Foam rolling is one thing…. Proper positions is another!!!
We shall see! ha ha’
Having a great Coach who can take the reigns is critical. This will be a learning experience for me as well!
Darragh Holland says
Thanks for your honesty as always. I guess it’s like everything else, you only really learn by actually DOING
I’ve recently ramped up training for the Crossfit open, and with the high intensity work and different metcons, I feel 100% better when I do the “little things” like cool down properly after and daily mobility work, no matter how small. It all matters! Thanks Coach Z!
Simeon, NO doubt, homie, those WODs crush your body so you must take GREAT care!
Lov’n the new site Zach. Nice and simple.
I’ve been working on my posture and one thing I’ve noticed, from a vanity stand point, is that a strong posture does a lot to show off the strength and muscle you’ve built up.
No matter how much muscle someone has they don’t look nearly as good when their posture sucks. Fix the posture and they look leaner, tighter, stronger and more confident.
Matt! Fix that posture and suddenly those shoulders are borader, waist smaller, lats wider, traps more defined and you LOOK like you are proud of who you are!!!
Right on target once again, Z! Posture is of vital importance!
My wife is an OT and one thing she sees often is people who can no longer stand up straight. People need to be aware of this every day!
Frank The Tank!! You’re wife is only gonna get busier as we sit more, text message more and hunch over our cell phones or at the computer desk.
It’s bad and WE must help fix this!!
Good stuff, keep it up and best of luck with your goals!
George Carman says
Posture is so important. Thanks for such an interesting post. Now to put it into practice. Have you ever tried an inversion table for posture?