i've avoided spinal flexion for quite a while now...
fold forward from the hips, pick stuff up / put stuff down with squat / deadlift / lunge...
have the dreaded anterior pelvic tilt. have been working very hard on mobilizing the hips / stretching the hip flexors and activating the glutes. making good progress with that.
the latest piece of the puzzle:
i've recently discovered that my abs are useless piles of shit. my spinal erectors basically do all the work on my squats / deads / weighted planks.
sucked it up and got a beginner pilates book.
oh. for people who live their lives in anterior pelvic tilt you actually need to (feel like) posterior pelvic tilt in order to properly experience neutral... so posterior pelvic tilt and stupid crunchy things might be a little helpful (kyphosis isn't an issue for me).
i'm having significant difficulty with pilates rolling, though. the idea of moving the spine through flexion one joint at a time. basically. it hurts. it really fucking hurts. i did fracture my spine a while back... 30% loss in height in the anterior part of the L/T junction... would that explain the hurts? i'm being gentle... will it get better in time? should it get better in time? any thoughts on whether it is good / bad to have this pilates rolling the spine through flexion (unweighted) mobility or whether i should stick to planks etc??