I Love Rock n Roll: Bad Posture Edition


Sundays are the day usually reserved for me to indulge in rock and roll worship but I have some context for writing this morning. The Vaccines played at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday night and the pictures above are the people in front of us as we waited for the concert to begin. It was hard to get a picture that reflected exactly what I was able to see and I was amazed that no one complained as I set the flash off repeatedly but I hope you get the idea.

The two on the left have no butts, are tucked under and the blue jean dude is gripping his glutes for dear life. The woman in red looks pretty good in the pelvis but is compressing her lower spine as she leans backwards.

My wife came to the show which was a special treat and the band was just great. I always feel like a little kid at forty nine but never more so than when I am seeing young bands from London doing their thing. But it must be annoying for her to hear me pointing out bad posture over and over again.

But I can’t help it. My eye never strays far from hyperextended knees and compressed lower backs. Sporting events are a particularly good opportunity for posture watching. There is nothing like 20,000 people standing for the national anthem to see what their posture is like. You get to see entire families mirroring each other’s bad posture.

Almost everyone stands poorly. Young, old, big, small— it doesn’t seem to matter much. Everyone leans backwards and tucks their pelvis.

And everyone needs to stop… or not, but getting old will go much better with good posture.

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  1. I do the same thing Jonathan and my family is so used to it now they just accept that I am obsessed. I can’t help it either. I really enjoyed reading this and knowing that I am not the only one. By the way, the one that make me the most crazy is the “rounded shoulders with the head jutted out about a foot in front of the body”. Aggh!

  2. After just undergoing Hip resurfacing at the young age of 38 (unfortunate but necessary) I have recently started trying to correct my poor posture. After hours of googling, this site is by far the best, many thanks.

    Learning to walk/stand and sit effortlessly is a big challenge for me, but things are getting better. I still am a bit puzzled as to what the pelvis and hips should be doing during different phases of the gait. For instance should the swing leg pelvis drop down or stay level or sway side to side, or am I thinking too hard about all these things and they will come naturally when everything is corrected.

    You mention that most people tuck their pelvis. However I think I may have an anteriorly tilted pelvis with lordosis, kyphosis and head forward. I seem to have shoulder blades which stick out slightly and my ribs at the front also seem to jut out a bit. I am struggling to understand what a correct pelvis position is/should be and what a correct curve in the spine should look like for me. All though I have to say since my op and working on things over the last few weeks things seemed to have improved, thanks once again to this site.

    • Hi Neil, It sounds like you are doing the right things but you cant control the amount of time it takes to get over surgeries and the like. Are you working on your core muscles- inner thighs, transverse abdominis, and pelvic floor? I will write about the core and lordosis in the next couple of days.

  3. I have been dealing with tight glutes for a very long time but now I’m in constant pain at the top of my hamstring. It just seems that my butt muscles will NOT relax. I’ve tried EVERYTHING and I’m at a loss of what to do…. suggestions?

    • The pain you decsribe in the hamstring attachment which is easily wrapped up in the tight glutes. Work on untucking the pelvis to release the butt. You can also try block lunges which can be very helpful./block-lunges-quadriceps-release-psoas-release-and-more/

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