Asymmetric Posture

Pectus Carinatum is often associated with scoliosis. I have a slight case of both. When lifting weights I pay close attention to my posture. Have you ever noticed when you lift, the weight tilts to one side more than the other? Don’t let this happen! If you have scoliosis this incorrect posture will make it worse, consequently it will exaggerate your uneven pecs! By keeping correct posture in the gym you can help correct your asymmetric pectus carinatum.

To keep correct posture on bench I make sure that:

1. Hands are spaced evenly apart

2. Wrists are strait (no bend)wrist posture for bench press

3. Open grip,thumbs are on the same side of the bar as the other fingers. This can be dangerous so use light weight and have a spotter with his hands under the bar.

4. Another trick I use is to line the entire bench press up with the square ceiling tiles. I then use the ceiling as a guide to keep the bar straight. Pay close attention exert equal pressure with both your arms.

Practice posture techniques with just the bar and add weight as you develop better technique. Proper technique will make you stronger and your pecs will start to even out. The last thing I want is someone dropping a weight on their face because they were trying to be Mr. Universe. It doesn’t matter how much you lift, it matters HOW you lift.

As you practice using correct posture in the gym you will feel your back crack like you are at a chiropractor. Use the mirrors in the gym and make sure every workout you do is symmetrical.