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    Arched back?

    Realised yesterday that i can't actually straighten my back, it has this natural exaggerated curve. Bit random, but means i can't do certain lifts without putting pressure on my lower spine. Anyone else have this?

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    Maybe you need to experiment with your foot placing

    Like when your doing the bench, try putting your legs up, or flat on the ground, or on the little bar if the bench has that.

    Dont kid around when it comes to your spine.
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    Ummm... That's not good. Generally if you can't straighten your back you're pretty messed up.
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    Your spine, just like mine and everyone else's, has a natural curve.



    If that's all it is, don't worry about it. If it's something else I would not lift and get it checked out immediately.
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    Depends what you mean by straight.

    No-ones back is straight like a ruler, from any angle.

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    Yea, no ones back is actually straight, but if you suspect something is wrong with the curve of your spine you should, in fact, see a doctor. Certain spinal disorders can cause the spine to straighten or curve from side to side; these ranging from mild to severe. What we mean by a straight back is that the back is curved naturally (see the pic posted above), and not opposite its natural curve (arched). If it is curvced opposite its natural curve that will be when you slip disks and cause severe problems with your back. If it is curved naturally the muscles, and not the bone structure, will carry the weight.
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    Yeah mine has a natural curve like the one shown. The personal trainer straightened hers completely so i thought 'hmm, can't actually do that'. Just means i'm off SLDLs

    -Steele
    Last edited by Steele; 10-14-2006 at 07:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steele
    Yeah mine has a natural curve like the one shown. The personal trainer straightened hers completely so i thought 'hmm, can't actually do that'. Just means i'm off SLDLs

    -Steele
    Your spine is at its strongest when it has the natural curve. Forcing your spine into a completely straight position while lifting weights isn't a good thing

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    Coo coo, was wondering about that. My legs are quite long so it's hard for my to pick the weight off the floor when SLDL'ing :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steele
    CMy legs are quite long so it's hard for my to pick the weight off the floor when SLDL'ing :/
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    And what is the correlation? I don't think you are getting your point across ...

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    The point is that my back has to go down lower whilst keeping my legs straight to get the ROM, thus placing more strain on it and increasing risk of injury.

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    STIFF leg deadlift.. not straight leg. Legs can be bent but you don't move them. I can't imagine trying SLDLs with my legs locked out straight

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    You don't have to touch the weight to the floor on SLDL's if you're not flexible enough to do it with a straight (naturally curved) back.

    Edit: but working on your flexibility is never a bad idea either.
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    No need to be brash, foolish mistake but imagine other people have made it too. Thanks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidelmo
    STIFF leg deadlift.. not straight leg. Legs can be bent but you don't move them. I can't imagine trying SLDLs with my legs locked out straight

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    Sorry dude, I dont think he was being brash just more so making a comment that it would be difficult to ddo it with your legs locked out straight.

    It is also extremely unhealthy for your knees ifyou do this, and if you are following the instruction of someone who tells you to do this. Tell her to go back to school and get a new person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steele
    No need to be brash, foolish mistake but imagine other people have made it too. Thanks though.

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    Didn't think I was being brash. Sorry if you got the wrong idea!

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    All that's really necessary when doing SLDL is to start feeling the stretch in your hammies when you're going down. Then just go back to the standing position.
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