posture question

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2010/06/30 14:40:36 (permalink)

posture question

I have been working on my posture as much - takes alot it remember. When I do my weight days I find my shoulder moving up.  I don't even realize most of the time.  If I am working one arm I often hold the shoulder down. Any suggestions??
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    MEG
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    Re:posture question 2010/06/30 16:45:25 (permalink)
    I know what you mean about the shoulders tending to rise.  One thing that helps me is to focus on and slight contract the lats (latissimus dorsi muscles, below the shoulder blades and along the sides of the ribs).   I've done a lot of bellydance workouts, and there's a chest raise-and-lower isolation exercise that really made me aware of the lats.  I think it's the traps (upper back muscles) that want to raise when we lift weights, and if you activate the lats, they'll exert a counter-pull.
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    Re:posture question 2010/06/30 17:25:34 (permalink)
    Have a couple thoughts on this for you megw...are you stretching the chest muscles before you work out, or after?  tight muscles in the chest can cause the shoulders to move forward(or up?).  Also, do you think your weights might be to heavy if you find your shoulders are moving forward as you workout?  I do have a few dvd's that thankfully, the instructor is reminding a lot about keeping the shoulders down so that does help me throughout some of my videos.  Sometimes taping a saying somewhere as a reminder helps like "think towards your back pockets" to keep the shoulders back.  I think it's pretty hard...at times I think I've got it down and maybe it's becoming closer to second nature and then those forward shoulders creep in again.  I guess at this point for me it's something I'll always have to watch...but I have to say, in general, I feel so much better and have so much less tension when my shoulders are where they are suppose to be so worth the effort.  HTH                katie

    reread and I guess my shoulders tend to go more forward than up but up somewhat as well.  I also agree with meg about the traps...I still wonder if it's tight muscles that may need some stretching or maybe lighter weights or fewer reps also gaining strenght in the lats which I think can be hard to do.  I'm rattling on a bit now so HTH
    post edited by katie - 2010/06/30 17:32:12

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    Re:posture question 2010/06/30 18:59:47 (permalink)
    You might need to slow down your pace.  I prefer slower strength training moves so  I can constantly be thinking about my form.  My shoulders rise if I move fast on my moves.
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    megw
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    Re:posture question 2010/06/30 22:52:38 (permalink)
    Thanks alot!
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/01 15:15:29 (permalink)
    My shoulders rise up toward the ears like that if the weights are too heavy or if I'm really tired and struggling to finish the exercises. It's like the correct muscles are too tired to raise my arm, but my body is determined to finish by just hunching up the shoulder. If the exercises are really hard for you maybe you want to try lighter weights and see if that helps.
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/01 23:19:39 (permalink)
    I agree with what Meg said.  I found that bellydance helped me a lot with posture and general body awareness.  Some of bellydance videos work a lot on shoulder and chest isolation drills, which might help you with posture and keeping your shoulders from rising, or carrying as much tension in the shoulder.  Plus, they can be a lot of fun to do.
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/02 15:53:53 (permalink)
    The new Bar Method DVDs are the best!   They have really helped me with my posture, focus and flexibility!  I can't say enough about what a difference they made for me.   I was a Firm believer 20 years ago, switched to Cathe 10 years later and I have also used Amy Bento, Jari Love, Tracy Long, FitPrime, and Turbokick workouts as well.  I am undoing some bad habits that I've picked up as a home exerciser.  I never thought that I would enjoy the Barre type workouts but I really do.  They have made me have a body awareness that I've never had before!  Boy what a difference having good posture makes on building a better body.
    post edited by amazondotmom - 2010/07/02 15:56:18
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/02 16:20:43 (permalink)
    I've found that {Aero Barre}5864^ is great for my posture.  After doing the workout, I find myself gliding around the house, head in proper alignment which is always a problem for me.  I also am trying to overcome a bad habit of lifting my chin--maybe because I'm sitting and looking up from my chair at my office.  Also I don't keep my shoulders back.  But, this workout has really been helping me.
    post edited by Carol S. - 2010/07/02 16:21:28
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/03 20:09:58 (permalink)
    Try putting a large mirror up in your workout area.
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    Re:posture question 2010/07/03 20:33:16 (permalink)
    Thanks for all your help.  I appreciate it.
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