That’s right. THAT Urkel. As in Steve. If you grew up in the 90s, you know all too well of whom I speak. If not, no big deal. For you young bucks, I say, stop trying to be Beyonce.
Stop it, just stop it. You don’t have what it takes. You don’t have the voice, the penchant for creative child names, or that shiny robotic glove. And yet you strive to be like the Queen Bey? C’mon guys. Sorry to crush your dreams, but we here at Paramount would actually prefer you be more like Steve Urkel than Beyonce.
So, what is this seemingly nonsensical rambling about? Great question. It’s about your pelvic position. One of the first things we teach our clients is to attain a neutral waist or pelvic position. Here, we use these two titans to mark the two extremes of pelvic positions.
On the left, we have the tucked pelvis modeled by none other than Steve Urkel*. On the right, we have the anterior pelvic tilt as modeled by the one and only Mrs. Z. Where you need to be is somewhere in the middle. Come to think of it, we’re really encouraging you to be more like Stefan Urquelle**.
This is important because improper pelvic positions can lead to:
Abnormal muscle length
Lack of core strength
Pain and discomfort in the lower back and hips
Inefficient athletic movements
Poor, potentially harmful form in the weight room
Issues with your pelvic floor
All of us should have the ability to go from one extreme to the other, but it’s best if we spend most of our time at neutral. That means that middle point where the hips are properly aligned.
While it’ll take a little work, we encourage you to find that neutral pelvis. The majority of your day-to-day activities such as sitting, standing, and lifting objects should be performed with a neutral spine.***
*Milenialls, please see Wikipedia.
**Flossin’, poppin’, lockin’, twerkin’, the Dougie, reverse double pump 360 slam dunks, and select sexual positions are, of course, exceptions to this rule.