Why It’s Sometimes Totally Okay To Lift With A Rounded Back
The first thing I want to say is, if you’re reading this then it means your not a complete moron. You’ve probably heard the term “atlas stone” before, but have no idea what it really refers to. Atlas Stones are used in gyms all over the world because they provide a safe way to do heavy weight lifting without injuring yourself or others around you.
They’re also great for building muscle mass since they don’t cause any pain when you lift them.
A round back isn’t necessarily bad, but it does make it harder to get into a good position when doing heavy weights. When you’re using a rounded back, your spine doesn’t naturally curve forward like most people think it will. Instead, the muscles surrounding your spinal column must work extra hard to keep your body from falling backwards.
That extra effort causes strain on the lower back which can lead to injury.
It’s true that rounding your back may not always mean you’re going to hurt yourself, but it could easily result in a broken bone or even worse. If you’re wondering why there are so many different types of atlases available these days, it’s because there are so many different ways to train with rounded backs. I think the people who came up with these variations were just trying to justify their own injuries since they knew what they were doing was wrong.
If you’re wondering why atlases are so much cheaper than barbells and dumbbells, it’s because their quality is severely lacking. Lifting with rounded backs isn’t exactly good for the equipment either. They get dents in them easily and if you drop one on the ground, it might shatter into a million pieces.
I’ve seen it happen more times than I can count.
Believe it or not, it is possible to lift hundreds of pounds with a straight back. There have been plenty of people who have done it and lived long healthy lives. You don’t need to ruin your back to get a good workout.
If you want big muscles then you’re probably going to have to work hard for it anyway. It’s not like lifting weights with proper form is easy as it is.
If you still insist on lifting with rounded backs then at least be smart enough to invest in some proper equipment. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen guys using damaged atlases for lifting. They also tend to use them for exercises that they were never meant to do in the first place.
It’s a wonder they haven’t caused themselves irreversible spinal damage yet.
These people aren’t bodybuilders either. They’re regular working class individuals who want to stay fit without ruining their bodies in the process. Unfortunately, most of them end up in wheelchairs before they know it.
If you know anyone like this, send them to me and I’ll show them the right equipment to use. At least let them live a long happy life and not become a cripple because of some stupid mistake.
It’s a real shame that people are getting themselves hurt because of misinformation. I wish there was something I could do to stop it, but I’m not sure what. Oh well, guess it’s time to get back to work now.
Sources & references used in this article:
King Arthur’s round table: How collaborative conversations create smart organizations by D Perkins – 2003 – books.google.com
Price of honor: Muslim women lift the veil of silence on the Islamic world by J Goodwin – 2002 – books.google.com
Round Ireland with a fridge by T Hawks – 2008 – books.google.com