I am curious if anyone else has this problem, and which muscles I can exercise to fix it in a position I am capable of maintaining(like on my back, standing, etc), so that I can build up to doing a push-up, or hold a plank. And not look like an inch worm while doing it! ha
Contributory to this problem.. I have mild scoliosis and kyphosis (humpback), neither which are obvious to the casual eye... well until I try to do something like a plank or push up.
Then my body's like a straight line, with a hump mid ribcage with the right ribs sticking up and out and a sway in my lower back. Its a definite "look at the mutant" look. LOL
I can't for the life of me get either two of these curves to flatten out.
When I was younger, I had moderate success holding a plank, but push ups have always been impossible. I suspect that the hump is now calcified and rigid, so that I can no longer voluntarily straighten it, which is what throws off the lower back resulting in sway. I don't have a problem with my lumbar spine, its still quite flexible, so I'm thinking in part its sway must be to compensate for the rigid arch of the thoracic spine.
Push ups and plank position both cause my chest earthward to collapse between my shoulders. I have very flexible shoulders which I believe are the result of my body having to compensate for an inflexible thoracic spine and life long fitness routines.
I'm able to do flys and presses on my back with 12 pound hand weights. but I can't seem to get past three reps of 10 with 12 pounds. Any suggestions for pushing that would be appreciated.
I'm thinking I'd need to lift more than that to do a push up, since my torso clearly is more than 24 pounds. So what other muscles should I be working to address the "collapsing chest" issue?
As a sideline to this, I seem to be unable to do a boat pose with my hands/arm straight out with my biceps by my ears... in the "superman" position. But I can arch high when my arms are in a T position.
I'm also able to do stuff like overhead upper back stretches, where you grab one hand with the other when you've got your elbow over your head pointing to the sky and both hands behind your back.
Any suggestions are welcome.
I realize this isn't a run of the mill problem... which is why I'm here asking for suggestions.
| current weight: 146.0