Is there a relationship between posture and 6 pack abs?

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    Mar 24, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    I've always wondered this. I think I'm OCD on my posture. I'm always straightening my back out while at work, gym, walking....I've ok abs. I guess I'm truely wondering if the guys with the "CUT" abs have great posture. I do believe they are complementary muscles, but I could be wrong. Your thoughts?
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    Mar 24, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    I've seen well-built guys (not just their abs) at the gym walking around round-shouldered, like they've been working on their chest too much and not enough on their back. I suppose that if they had really tight abs, that could affect their posture too. I've also seen guys walk around standing a certain way -- often on an angle, with shoulders back and pelvis forward -- that accentuates their muscular development the best (even if it looks sort of awkward).

    I think that if you have a tight CORE -- as opposed to just abs -- your posture will be much better.
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    Mar 24, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    The ones with a strong CORE are generally the ones with good/great posture. Since you can buy six pack abs from your doctor (either via that script for "diet pills" or those little plastic bubbles your plastic surgeon can put in your stomach).

    I would say that simply having a 6 pack does not necessarily equal good posture because there are plenty of guys out there that do not have a six pack but have a strong core (powerlifters, football players, etc)...
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    Mar 24, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    When I stand up straight, it lengthens my abs and stretches the skin across them, bringing out their definition.
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    thank you squarejaw!

    yup stand up straight and walk tall bro. it will at least help you show your abs best deffinition (with-out keeping them flexed of course).

    So thats the secret to how i walk around our clubs with my shirt off hahaha... see you at the Eagle in a month bro... better have your shirt off! lol
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    Square is right, but I don't think there's a relationship in the opposite direction.

    The "6-pack" muscles are the rectus abdominus (love that medical latin). They are responsible for pulling your forehead to your knees. If you consider rolling up into a ball with your forehead touching your knees good posture, then yes, a 6-pack is correlated with good posture.

    Most people, tho, consider standing up "straight" good posture.

    I put "straight" in quotes, because your spine is actually S-shaped, not straight. It's good that it evolved to an "S" cause that helps us humans balance our disproportionately large heads on our upright spines. So actually "straightening out your spine" will make you look a bit odd. Your butt and shoulders should stick out farther in the back than your lower back, which should sway a little forward with the "S."

    There's a bunch of muscles that keep your spine upright and in the S shape, but the big three, IMHO, are, in order of importance:

    1) The transverse abdominals
    2) The spinal erectors
    3) The obliques

    There's also vertebral alignment issues involved as well. One L5/S1 misalignment (the two largest vertebrae at the base of your spine) can throw everything off.

    At this point, in my chatty professor mode, I'd type a pile more shit about how to develop said "posture" muscles, but there's a spiced non-fat soy iced grande decaf mocha lattechino foo foo in front of me that is diverting my attention from the keyboard...

    K*

    * WARNING: "K" is not a medical doctor, chiropractor, psychologist, personal trainer, typist, English major, nor a professional comedian, but thinks he is qualified to be all these things by virtue of the fact that, like, he is, like, so cool.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 24, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Kudos to K* on that post script icon_wink.gif
    It made me laugh

    Yeah posture will help to bring out the abs def
    but whats even more important is good posture will also keep them from over powering your back muscles and leading to low back pain
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    Mar 25, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    Onetoughguy saidI've always wondered this. I think I'm OCD on my posture. I'm always straightening my back out while at work, gym, walking....I've ok abs. I guess I'm truely wondering if the guys with the "CUT" abs have great posture. I do believe they are complementary muscles, but I could be wrong. Your thoughts?


    continue to straighten yourself...work on it...it makes the abs pop out
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    Mar 25, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said
    * WARNING: "K" is not a medical doctor, chiropractor, psychologist, personal trainer, typist, English major, nor a professional comedian, but thinks he is qualified to be all these things by virtue of the fact that, like, he is, like, so cool.


    He thinks he's being facetious, but he is, in fact, WAY cool.
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    Dec 18, 2010 6:30 AM GMT
    LaSalle04 saidThe ones with a strong CORE are generally the ones with good/great posture. Since you can buy six pack abs from your doctor (either via that script for "diet pills" or those little plastic bubbles your plastic surgeon can put in your stomach).

    I would say that simply having a 6 pack does not necessarily equal good posture because there are plenty of guys out there that do not have a six pack but have a strong core (powerlifters, football players, etc)...


    Totally agree...looking here for advice on how to radically improve my posture