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Spot the Difference: Backrowing

Lead Instructor Trainer Rie Sakamoto uses the V2 Max Plus to demonstrate Backrowing.

Question: Which picture shows the correct position?

Photo A Photo B
Photo A Photo B

Answer: Photo A

In Photo A, Rie is sitting on a raised prop with flexed knees to ensure a neutral pelvis and spine, and is extending her shoulders to an appropriate range. She is maintaining tension-free alignment throughout, and her gaze is at a constant height to avoid unnecessary flexion or extension of the cervical spine. Her wrists are being kept as long as possible without ‘breaking’ and she is not ‘locking’ or overextending the elbows. She is maintaining scapular stabilization, and her shoulders are not elevated or rounded forward. Her arms are close to the sides of the carriage during movement.

In Photo B, Rie is not achieving a tension-free, neutral position in the spine or pelvis. She is not maintaining scapular stabilization, instead, she is elevating and rounding the shoulders forward, internally rotating the arms, ‘breaking’ at the wrists and flexing at the elbow. Her chin is jammed into her chest, and she is not maintaining her gaze at a constant height.


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  1. laura.fitch@merrithew.com | Jul 18, 2016
    Thanks for contributing! And happy to know you find the articles useful. 
  2. Paz | Jul 16, 2016
    More than the wrists, elbows and shoulders, what I find worst is the position of her spine, which is absolutely flexed, pelvis backwords (specially her lumbar spine). Thanks for these articles!