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Want Picture Perfect Posture? Part 2

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Posture Assessment

Do you think this outfit matches my posture?

Recently we did a post about finding your natural posture. Well, whaddya know, we got a bunch of requests to show what comes next in assessing posture.

Alexandra: So we asked our friend Cathleen Clarke (the group fitness director at the Spectrum Clubs in Santa Barbara) to film us, after making her do a pinky swear not to publish any video of us fighting.

Yes, it’s about 3:33 long, but worth every second, especially the part where Kymberly moves that messy pile of hair from my neck! And isn’t 333 half of 666? And twins are each half of something! So it’s the perfect number, considering one of us (not naming myself) was recently called a “cheeky devil” in Swedish.

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Kymberly: As long as those cheekies are level and symmetrical, we’ll go with that! So whether you are a trainer, trainee, curious person who wants to understand posture better, or merely a voyeur, we hope you can use our tips to assess posture from the front and back. Of course you also want to assess from both the left and right sides. (Yes, BOTH sides as our bodies don’t always tell the same story left and right, believe it or not. But we want to give you something to look forward to in the video sequel.)

Meantime, we will leave you with this thought: if your nipples are pointing down and your kneecaps are pointing in different directions from one another, your posture just picked a peck of pickled position!

Readers and viewers: Wonder why some people have great posture on one side and everything askew on the other? Part 3 coming if there’s popular demand. And by that we mean lots of comments, gifts, requests, stumbles, applause. You know the drill.

Photo Credits: Creative Commons – leo.jeje

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16 Responses to Want Picture Perfect Posture? Part 2

  1. Bill Buyok October 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Another great post on a little fitness you can use everyday to make your life a lot better.
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  2. Amy October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Super explanation of posture, and a very effective video too. But why is it not important for the feet to be parallel? If they aren’t, it seems to me that one side of the body is ‘off’. And if you move around with your feet not parallel, you are putting extra stress on your joints, especially the hips and knees.
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    • AlexandraFunFit October 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

      Good question Amy. You have to go by knees. If there’s a bit of knee torque, you want to take that into consideration. Sometimes putting feet parallel throws the knees off, which can lead to problems. But…in the ideal posture world, your feet and knees would both track and be parallel. Or if you aren’t parallel at the feet, at least you hope for symmetry. I have students who try to force their feet to be parallel, for example in a squat, and it causes knee pain. Sometimes asymmetry is more “on” than forced symmetry. Great question and I hope I have answered what you were asking.
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    • KymberlyFun Fit October 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Amy: Well, I can give you a shorter answer than Ms A. The goal is symmetry between L and R. The foot turnout is directed by the hip angle which directs the knee angle, which translates down to feet. If a person has a pelvis that turns out, the knees and feet should turn out — all in alignment. Ta dum!
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  3. nicole @ making good choices October 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    great video! I try to work hard on my posture, I really feel it makes a difference in my confidence!

    • KymberlyFun Fit October 18, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      You are so right Nicole and I know it! (Oooh, it’s that good posture confidence in action right there!). People like to interact with others who exude confidence and openness, as shown with good posture.
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  4. Christieo October 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Loved the demo! My head is always cocked to one side, I really gotta stop doing that. Love the “I feel great!” at the end!!

    • KymberlyFun Fit October 18, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      Do you ever have neck pain? Head cockers usually take the displacement at the neck. Check out the old Law and Order tv shows with Jerry Orbach. He is the ultimate head displacer. Left right left right – never centered. Thanks Christie for watching and commenting. Now go feel great!
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  5. LeeAnn October 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I have horrible posture. That I know. So what can we do to fix things that might not be symmetrical?
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  6. KymberlyFun Fit October 18, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Yes- changing our posture for the better is the ultimate question, LeeAnn! The answer is so variable depending on the issue that we could take 20 videos to cover it. Saaaaay, not a bad idea……
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  7. Calla Gold October 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Great break down of posture! I’m really looking forward to your next one. *thunderous applause*
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  8. Dave Friant October 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks for the blog post. I love well intergrated media in a post. Will a later part contain some posture corrective measures and causes for postural imbalances. NASM does some really good work in that area.
    Thanks again.
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    • AlexandraFunFit October 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi Dave: When my sister first suggested discussing posture I said it would not be interesting to people. Was i wrong! The first one was so popular that we did this one. And we are going to follow up with assessing from the side, then some corrective exercises! And you are right about NASM. I’m ACE certified and an IDEA editor, so of course I want to say that they’ve done some great work on this too! Our mom was a dance teacher, so we learned to sit tall and engage our core when we were very little!
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