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Unread 09-10-2018, 10:48 AM
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Default Can sitting at a computer chair hours a day with no back support strength your back?

I don't even know where / how to ask this but here goes.

If you sit in a stool or whatever with no back support, will your back strengthen up and you won't even need support in the first place, thus improving your posture?

Or is that just BS?
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Get to 10% bodyfat first while lifting weights heavy 3x a week with reduced volume. Two weeks maintenance. Bulk up slowly (1 lb weight gain per week max), focus on getting stronger, measure body composition changes often.
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Unread 11-01-2018, 11:39 AM
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not an expert at this but i have read a lot about sitting....

The main problem with sitting is that you are flexed at the hip which will lead to Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Essentially it's overactive quads and lower back muscles.... and underactive hamstrings, glutes, and abdominals.

So anything you can do while sitting that improves your posture will help but it's still FAR from ideal to sit long periods of time each day...

One thing you want to avoid is sitting on your hamstrings... most people sit too far back and are smashing their hamstrings all day. You want to sit on your glutes.. try it..sit down and see if your hamstrings are on the chair... if they are thats bad...scoot forward and sit on your glutes...that will improve things a LOT.

Some people like to use those standing desks while others sit on those big bouncy balls to engage their core.. me i like to just get up and go for frequent walks around hte office... i take more stairs....

The stretch that helps me correct long bouts of sitting the most is called "THe couch stretch". It was a bit of a lifesaver for me honestly.

The most helpful thing I've ever done in terms of fixing a lot of my body pain, appearance, etc was to get rid of my anterior pelvic tilt. It's a bit of a passion of mine because it plagued me for so many years and led to so many injuries training. I cant recommend the book "Deskbound: Standing in a Sitting Down World" highly enough. cheap buy off amazon that will fix all kinds of problems by making you walk, sit, and sleep differently... its crazy how many things we do wrong on a daily basis due to poor posture and alignment.

Here's a thread i made on the subject if you're really into correcting this stuff. You can help mitigate things by sitting correctly, but you really need to attack this stuff head on to make real progress. Once you start making serious progress fixing anterior pelvic tilt I've found it's a pretty addictive part of my overall fitness routine.
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