Move Better Monday: Improve Your Spinal Flexion and Health

It's good to be back!

These past two weeks have been absolutely crazy. Between moving and settling into my new home here at Cressey Sports Performance and getting adjusted to my surroundings, I felt it was in my best interest to put Move Better Monday on hold. We're back though, and ready to fire better mobility information than ever before!

After a full week here, I've come across a handful of individuals that struggle with flexing their spine. That sentence right there is quite cringeworthy throughout the fitness world, but at the end of the day, we need to be able to flex our spine to keep it healthy. I've fell for the never "round your back" belief that spread throughout fitness a few years back, and my spine took a toll because of it. Nowadays, my spine moves much better but still has a long way to go until I'm satisfied.

Enough about me, though. Cat Camel's and Wall Peel-Offs with a baseball are two of my favorite drills to help folks move their entire spines more effectively. Check out the video below to learn more (my introduction cuts out a bit, but all of the information remained intact).

By placing the back of our feet and hips on the wall with the Wall Peel-Offs, we're required to move through our spine without compensating through hip flexion. The first few attempts at these will be incredibly difficult to control. Just stick with these and perform them slowly with intent. You'll quickly find yourself more aware of your spine and your ability to control it. Questions? Feel free to shoot me a message!

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