Coaching Neutral Spine

One of the most powerful tools we have in our toolbox can be purchased at your local hardware store for less than a couple of bucks.

A simple piece of PVC pipe can help you coach and cue neutral spine with your clients and athletes, consistently getting them in the appropriate position. Neutral spine is integral, whether your goal is to reduce lower back pain, squat or deadlift more weight, or to excel at your given sport.

Below is a short video depicting how to effectively coach neutral spine. Enjoy!

Remember, the goal is to have three points of contact initially:

  • Back of head
  • Upper back/t-spine
  • Sacrum/buttocks

Once your clients have achieved a neutral spinal alignment, the next step is to have them actually move through various ranges of motion. I like to have them perform two big-bang movements patterns – typically a squat or quad-dominant pattern, and a deadlift or hip-dominant pattern.

IF they are unable to squat/deadlift in this fashion, it may be a good idea to regress them to something a bit easier. Try a basic core training exercise such as a front plank or birddog initially, and then build them back up over time.

While this may seem incredibly simple at first blush, I guarantee this can make a profound difference in how your clients move and feel.

Give it a shot next time you’re in the gym and I think you’ll really enjoy the results!

Stay strong


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