Friday, September 28, 2012

Thought for the Weekend and T-Tapp Flatback in a chair

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant - Robert Louis Stevenson

This quote is really what rehabilitative, body remodeling exercise is all about. The exercises I've placed under the "New or Returning to Exercise" Label might feel easy - especially if you're a more advanced exerciser - but over time they can really change your body. Your increased proprioception will carry into other activities you perform whether they are life, sports or fitness activities and over time the body becomes more balanced.

Learning this postural control is good for a variety of types of activities and exercise but it's especially useful for new T-Tappers.

T-Tapp flat back seems simple but is actually often difficult to perfect. If I had a $1 for every person who has sworn up and down that their back was perfectly flat in flat back position but then realized that it really wasn't after seeing a picture or catching a side view in a mirror or asking someone to check their form......well I'm not sure what I'd buy with the money but it would be a really nice treat.

So sit at the front of the chair in the same form described in the previous two posts. Initially put your hands on your thighs for support. Then keeping your shoulders over your hips slowly and with control tilt forward from the hips. Your shoulders will want to move in front of your hips but don't let that happen because it will allow your back to round and you want it to stay flat.

You may feel a stretching sensation in  your low back and upper hip area. Be careful not to over stretch that area. A pull now could be back pain later. Respect your limits.

Eventually you can do this activity with your hands on your hips. Later try taking the standing T-Tapp stance and moving into flat back while feeling the same sensations you felt in the chair. Over time you'll begin to develop a better shoulder hip connection even when doing the T-Tapp workout movements.

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