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    How to fix Lordosis?

    Hey guys,

    I've noticed over the last year that i've got a moderate case of hyperlordosis or anterior pelvic tilt. This makes the butt & gut stick out, which can be a nice look on women, but not so nice on men. More importantly, i've heard it can lead to lower back problems, something my family has a lot of and that I want to avoid.

    I've read that exercises stretching hamstrings/hip flexors, and strengthening glutes/lower abs are the key to correcting this. My question is, what are some good exercises to do that accomplish this? If I wanted the most bang for the buck, what single exercise would you say is best for each of those?
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    What to stretch: Hip Flexors & Hamstrings

    PNF Hip Flexors & Hamstrings, or do a modified hurdlers stretch with kneeling hip flexor stretch.

    What to strengthen: Lower Abdominals & Glutes

    Dead bugs on foam roller, Posterior pelvic tilts, Isometric hip extension with dynaband/cable, supermans.

    There's a bunch of exercises, just make sure they isolate the muscles.
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    Stretch those hip flexors!!

    Pelvic tilt exercises (flattening back against the floor) and progress those exercises.

    The ITB may be tight - also check your stance: do you stand with feet tuned out or knock-knees?
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    Thanks for the info, I will start working the stretching exercises in. I also gave the ab/glute strengthening exercises a try, but I don't really feel like i'm accomplishing much with them until I do tons of reps. Are there any other exercises you would recommend as being good for strengthening the lower abs/glutes that would involve lower repetitions to feel the burn?

    As to my stance, there may be some slight knock-knees and my feet are typically turned out while walking/standing. I've actually had a heck of a time finding a comfortable pair of shoes, I think because I tend to walk on the inner part of my foot. Does that factor into the anterior pelvic tilt somehow?
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    Yes - some inserts or orthoses from a Podiatrist may assist.
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    if anyone else wants to share tips on how to fix this, or experiences on how long it takes to "fix" please let me know, this **** is ****ing gay
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    It takes approximately 3 weeks to fix mine. I used to have horrible back pains that I have to pop my back everyday by pushing my lower back against the chair [DON'T DO IT ELSE YOU'LL SCREW UP YOUR BACK!] . Also my girlfriend told me that my lower back started to curve in look girly, my @ss pops out. After continuously stretching for 3 weeks, my back pain was completely gone. my lower back looked more straight instead of curved-in.

    To fix lordosis/hyperlordosis you'll have to correct your posture and stretch your lower back every day.

    what you want to do first is to correct your posture because just stretching along wouldn't help. (Just by correcting the posture wouldn't help as well since your lower back already curved in, you need to stretch it to relocate your spine.)

    When you stand, walk etc stand straight and push your glutes(butt) in like how you do supine hip extensions. Keep it that way whenever you are not sitting. REMEMBER, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, THIS WILL GET RID OF YOUR LOWER BACK PAIN PROBLEM! it is hard at first but you'll get use to it.

    When you are sitting down, sit straight, but don't push your lower back out.


    Here's a list of stretch and exercises you need to perform EVERYDAY. Stretch first thing in the morning and before you sleep. exercise in the afternoon.

    Stretches: 6 sec rest in between reps
    1.Warrior lunge stretch 4 reps of 10 sec
    2.Hip Flexor stretch 4 reps of 10 sec
    3.Standing lower back stretch 4 reps of 15 sec [MAJOR STRETCH]
    smilar to this :
    but stand straight instead, focus on your lower back and pull your body towards your thigh as hard as you can for 15 sec.

    Exercise
    supine hip extensions 10 reps of 10 sec without rest.

    Follow this routine on a daily basis should correct your lordosis.
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    Originally Posted by jtcin2u View Post
    It takes approximately 3 weeks to fix mine. I used to have horrible back pains that I have to pop my back everyday by pushing my lower back against the chair [DON'T DO IT ELSE YOU'LL SCREW UP YOUR BACK!] . Also my girlfriend told me that my lower back started to curve in look girly, my @ss pops out. After continuously stretching for 3 weeks, my back pain was completely gone. my lower back looked more straight instead of curved-in.

    To fix lordosis/hyperlordosis you'll have to correct your posture and stretch your lower back every day.

    what you want to do first is to correct your posture because just stretching along wouldn't help. (Just by correcting the posture wouldn't help as well since your lower back already curved in, you need to stretch it to relocate your spine.)

    When you stand, walk etc stand straight and push your glutes(butt) in like how you do supine hip extensions. Keep it that way whenever you are not sitting. REMEMBER, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, THIS WILL GET RID OF YOUR LOWER BACK PAIN PROBLEM! it is hard at first but you'll get use to it.

    When you are sitting down, sit straight, but don't push your lower back out.


    Here's a list of stretch and exercises you need to perform EVERYDAY. Stretch first thing in the morning and before you sleep. exercise in the afternoon.

    Stretches: 6 sec rest in between reps
    1.Warrior lunge stretch 4 reps of 10 sec
    2.Hip Flexor stretch 4 reps of 10 sec
    3.Standing lower back stretch 4 reps of 15 sec [MAJOR STRETCH]
    smilar to this :
    but stand straight instead, focus on your lower back and pull your body towards your thigh as hard as you can for 15 sec.

    Exercise
    supine hip extensions 10 reps of 10 sec without rest.

    Follow this routine on a daily basis should correct your lordosis.
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    the above is good advise what exercises you need to do though in order to fix lordosis is reverse crunchs, planks, hanging leg raises. and for glutes to do pullthroughs, lunges, step ups focus on feeling it in your ass if you aren't then your doing it wrong in order to make sure of this



    before you do any exercises to do one leg glute bridges reason why is because you want to make sure your glutes are activated. also make sure you stretch your hip flexors like a mother 7-12 times per day.



    focus on working your upper back lordosis is nearly always coupled with khyposis in order for your body to balance gravity.
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    What to do depends on what is causing the hyperlordosis and anterior pelvic tilt. Google: Lower crossed syndrome. One exercise i like is standing back against wall, feet out in front and knees bent (like squatting against a wall) and use the wall for feedback, practicing straightening and bending that lower back section.
    See a phys ther also because some deep tissue massage for psoas, lumbar spine mobilisation and postural exercises/education can help alot. There may be issue with your thoracic area as well in terms of posture
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    Replying to an old article. But wanted to reinforce how i fixed my anterior tilt and hyper lordosis issue.

    The tilt was fixed by bulgarian split squats, almost over 2 days of doing them.

    The hyper lordosis was a 3 to 4 month process of the following workouts.

    Planks
    Side Planks
    Barbell Rollouts
    Adductor strengthning

    And these stretches: lookup "3D Stretching(Saggital)" on youtube.
    You can work your way back from these conditions. Just be patient.

    Thinking back about how i got this, it happend due to bad form on low back squat (with hip tucking under) and tight hip flexors that i never bothered to stretch. Now they get plenty of stretches before every leg workout.

    Thanks and be safe with heavy lifting.
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    I've read through this thread and the linked articles, from what I understand I need sto be strengthening my lower abs, glutes and hamsytrings while stretching my lower back and hip flexers, is this correct?

    Also I started a new back program yesterday which involved:

    Rack pulls
    1 handed high rows
    1 handed low rows

    should I be doing any exercises that will strengthen my lower back? or will this make my hyperlordosis worse?
    I'm worried about the rack pulls in particular.

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