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    How much of a lower back curve should one have whilst lifting?

    When doing big compound exercises, such as deadlifts, squats, military presses, barbell shrugs, how much of a lumbar curve should you have? I've noticed recently if I have too much of a lower back arch whilst lifting on these heavy movements it feels slightly strange afterwards.

    Out of these two images, which curve is optimal for lifting in general? A slightly straighter arched back or a significant lumbar curve?

    Yes, whilst squatting down to do a deadlift, for example, it'd be impossible to maintain lumbar 2, but what about exercises like barbell shrugs?
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    You want to keep your lower back as straight as possible on those lifts, try pushing your ass out and chest up to maintain it.
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    The second pic is ideal. you always want to maintain a tight arch in your back. On the bench press specifically the bigger the arch the better in my opinion.
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    Originally Posted by lankywhitekid View Post
    The second pic is ideal. you always want to maintain a tight arch in your back. On the bench press specifically the bigger the arch the better in my opinion.
    Yes maybe on the bench, but when I de-rack the barbell for shrugs my lower back feels strange.
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    #1 is your natural arch. That is all that is required. Trying to overarch under heavy load can lead to problems as well.
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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    #1 is your natural arch. That is all that is required. Trying to overarch under heavy load can lead to problems as well.
    Thanks for this. I think i'm trying to overarch with heavy load, which is starting to develop problems for me.
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