The spine has a natural curve to it which is kyphotic for the thoracic and lordotic for the lumbar. Flexing the hips by contraction of the
abdominal muscles flattens out the lumbar spine and relieves its
I was taught to always have my back flat while lifting and this can be done by keeping one's shoulders retracted (according to one coach)
However, being taught to either sit back, or bend at the hips and not
the lower back was how I learned the majority of my lifts. Which I
believe is correct and allows you to flatten the back.
What do you all think?