I'm looking for fitness related hobbies that are good to counteract a typical rounded-shoulder / desk posture. I spend a lot of time at a desk (even more so since the lockdown started) and it causes me a lot of problems.

I considered the following but then realised they would only make matters worse:

  1. Swimming
  2. Cycling
  3. Climbing

I would have thought climbing would help counteract rounded shoulders but, after some research, it appears that probably wouldn't be the case.

Also please don't recommend weight training as that is something I do already... well I try to anyway, but my posture problems keep interfering with it.

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    Deadlifts have helped my posture enormously. If that's not in your weight training I would recommend it! However, I'll leave it as a comment.
    – C. Lange
    Jul 17, 2020 at 1:21
  • "please don't recommend weight training as that is something I do already" — weight training can come in so many forms that this doesn't really tell us anything. What does this training consist of? What's your ratio of push to pull movements/load-volume? What trouble are you running into? Jul 17, 2020 at 10:16
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    This post may have some helpful info for you: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/6994/… Jul 18, 2020 at 2:53

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An illustration of your problem:

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your weight training may improve or worsen the problem. It depends on which exercises you do and how you do them.

First thing is you want to "stop" training your chest. That is "stop" doing bench press. When doing bench press use a narrow grip that shifts the load onto the triceps muscles instead. Prefer (narrow) push-ups to bench press.

Here are the muscles you want to train instead:

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The rhomboids work together to pull and squeeze the shoulder blades towards the spine. The rhomboids also help us to maintain good posture.

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The lower trapezius muscles pull the shoulder blades downward.

So you want to pull your shoulder blades together and downward against an external force. You do this eg. by training rows and facepulls and overhead trap pulls.

Do not use too much weight when you row. Move the weight slowly. Imagine someone poking a finger in between your shoulderblades. You want to squeeze this finger with your shoulderblades.

When you do pull downs initiate the movement by pulling your shoulder blades down. Do not use too much weight. Move the weight slowly and controlled. Perfect form must always be first priority. Focus on pulling the shoulder blades down.

Here is an example weight training program:

Workout A

  • Squat: 3x5
  • Narrow push-ups and or dips (or narrow bench press): 3 sets
  • Seated rows: 3x10
  • Facepulls followed by overhead trap pulls: 3x10

Workout B

  • Squat: 3x5
  • Deadlift: 1x5
  • Overhead press: 3x5
  • V bar pulldowns: 3x10
  • Facepulls followed by overhead trap pulls: 3x10

You alternate A and B 3 times a week.

The main points of this program:

  • Do a lot more pulling than pushing.
  • Use triceps for pushing instead of chest.
  • Alternate between horizontal pulling (shoulderblades together) and vertical pulling (shoulderblades down).

You should keep an elastic resistance band at work and do band pull-aparts troughout the day.

It may be a good idea to have a suspension trainer set-up at home. That way you can do rows and facepulls and overhead trap pulls at home.

Occasionally (in particular day after push-ups or bench press) do some wall angels.

Also do some Thoracic Extensions on Foam Roller occasionally.

Also anterior pelvic tilt or lordosis may predispose you for kyphosis. Prolonged sitting may cause anterior pelvic tilt. To counteract this you should strengthen your glutes and abs. Glutes should be covered by squats. Fairly deep low bar squats with a fairly wide stance is the best in this respect. For abs planks and sideplanks on the days you are not doing weight training is a good idea. Glute bridges on some of these days may also be a good idea.


Used to have rounded shoulders, extreme lordosis and nerd neck.

Fixed everything just by doing weighted planks for one month.

It is counter intuitive but if you study the anatomy of the human back you will understand that the trapezius muscle and the roumboid muscles are among the most important when it comes to holding a plank.

Why? In summary, because muscles can do opposing actions, the same way your biceps can pull a weight up to your shoulder, it can also pull your body to a pull up bar.

With this mechanism the muscles which move the scapulae can pull the thorax in a stable position when doing a plank.

If I had to suggest a sport, and not just an exercise then rowing would be my best guess.

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