EVERYONE Rounds Their Lower Back

A while back I wrote a post entitled “The Deadlift is not a back exercise, unless you pull rounded”. In that post I argued that if you keep a neutral spine the deadlift is more of a hip exercise, in terms of muscle groups worked through a ROM, versus a back exercise. This changes if you round your lower back as to finish and lockout you need to extend the lower back. This finish is quite visible on most deadlifts. And this leads me to a bit of a rant, EVERYONE rounds their lower back but no one wants to admit it.

Okay, not everyone rounds 100% of the time. But most do, and most do when the weight gets heavy enough. I have no problem with that. But what does bother me is when people say the opposite. It’s like rounding the lower back is such a No No that no one admits it. Instead you’ll hear them say things like, “my lower back is flat, however I’m intentionally rounding my upper back.” Watch these people and you’ll find their rounding their lower back as well. I’ve only seen one individual who can simultaneously round the upper back while keeping his lower straight, Jordan Feigenbaum, and even then I’m skeptical.

My point in all of this is just to be honest. To yourself and to those who might watch your instagram videos. Call a spade a spade. Don’t lead people on incorrectly as to your back neutrality.

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