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Why I don’t assess posture anymore, with Raphael Bender

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  • Thoracic kyphosis is not related to abdominal strength or endurance here
  • Lumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt are not related to abdominal strength here
  • Abdominal and hip muscle flexibility only explains 9% of the variance in thoracic posture here
  • AND longer glutes and hamstrings are associated with LESS pelvic tilt here
  • Hip and spine stiffness are not related to lumbar lordosis here
  • BUT… You CAN change posture with exercise (particularly strengthening exercises) here
  • No evidence any particular posture causes pain here
  • Scapular dyskinesis is slightly more common in people with NO shoulder pain here
  • Read Raph’s book on rehabilitation – Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
  • Connect with Raph on Instagram
About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph’s books:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
  • How to make $100k/year teaching Pilates here
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