🔥 IS 🍑 BUTT WINK BAD ?
✅ A very relevant post to my latest series on pelvic tilts.
Yes, we’ve heard it countless times: “keep your spine neutral, else you’re going to have a bad time!”
💥 And while there’s truth to that… it’s not actually ALWAYS true.
Let’s start by saying that “neutral spine” doesn’t mean a fixed position.. rather, it means a range where the spine can move (flex/extend) without troubles.
Quite infact, if you’ve ever squatted ATG (ass to grass) you’ve noticed your pelvis rolling backwards at the bottom and no matter how hard you try not to, if you really want to get deeper, you’ll have to go through that.
✅ But, is that a bad thing?
Not at all: It’s a physiological mechanism that occurs to make up for the lack of space at the hips, when performing a deep squat.
Everybody who squats ATG experiences some type of buttwink, to a degree, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
The problem comes when the lumbar flexion exceeds the “neutral range” and it becomes evident. That’s where problems start to happen.
✅ Bottom line: IF you’re keeping your chest up, back tight & neutral, while breathing through your diaphragm to keep your torso up, and squatting the weight through your legs… the butt wink won’t be a problem.
On the other hand, if you’re actually squatting the weight up wih your back, well, you need to re-evaluate your technique!