I’m sure if you are following me or have any interest in what I’m saying you are probably following tons of other fitblrs too. I do the same thing. And a lot of the time, reading motivational quotes and seeing other fit women makes me excited about the prospects of continuing my training. But sometimes the latter can really bother me.
A few months ago I started following a fellow collegiate powerlifter on instagram. Her story was inspirational and hundreds of other girls had already begun liking and commenting all over her hashtag filled selfies. But after a while of looking at her day after day I started to get annoyed. Every single picture she posted her ass stuck out, her back bowed, and she forced her shoulders to stick her chest far out. I stopped following her quickly after this pattern became way too relevant. I got tired of looking at her flaunting a body issue that, as a lifter, she should have been taking care of.
My back has always sort of hated me. I have a protruding spine when I round over. When I had less muscle to protect it, if I sat in the wrong chair for too long I would have bruises and burns running down the middle of my back. For a short while as a teen I had check-ups and xrays for mild scoliosis. My posture is terrible, even to this day, due to hours of computer time as a preteen. And I have an anterior pelvic tilt. When you are scrolling down your newsfeed here on tumblr and you notice a girl standing in front of her mirror with back arched and stomach stretched out to show off her ribs and maybe her abs, that’s her emphasizing a flaw in her pelvis. That’s it. And if you are a serious lifter or runner or yogi or what have you, you know how detrimental a tilt can be. As people who constantly address posture and a straight back, an anterior pelvic tilt is something that you literally have to spend hours training to make disappear. So to a certain degree it offends me when I see another woman getting thousands of notes on a picture of her showing off something that I’m working hard to get rid of.
Since I don’t want to offend anyone, I decided to try taking a picture of myself with a semi-drastic tilted pelvis. (I say try, because these are really not great pictures…)
To even look mildly okay doing this I had to force my stomach to suck in. Otherwise, it expands and sticks out. So technically, I look much worse when I arch my back like this.
Here’s when my posture is correct.
This feels right. And when I switched to a correct posture I felt stronger in my core. It feels tons better to focus on posture and it’s another form of making sure my body is always practicing for lifting. On a fitblr once I saw the greatest motivational quote, “Stop scrolling through tumblr. Now check your posture.” Best advice I’ve seen so far.