Last month, the Biebs bore it all for Calvin Klein. As if seeing this awkward teenager half naked wasn’t disturbing enough, I was irked on a whole other level by his terrible posture! I thought to myself, this is textbook kyphosis.
Kyphosis is a forward rounding of the back. Of course, some rounding is normal, but the term kyphosis usually refers to an exaggerated rounding, the likes of which is perfectly captured in the snapshot below.
Kyphosis sounds more serious than it is. Many people have some degree of rounded shoulders and a bit of forward head posture. But when kyphosis begins to impact your day-to-day life in terms of aches and pains and mobility, that’s a problem.
I’ve ranted about this posture before on the blog because it is one of the most common (and fixable) postural issues around. Many of my clients come to me with some degree of kyphosis, some of which no longer exhibit the posture after a lot of hard work.
Biebs sports a visible six pack, but he lacks strength and support in his core. That’s why you see the textbook hunching: Bieber’s trunk isn’t being supported by all those little muscles that make up a strong centre. You can’t fool me, Justin Bieber. That six pack doesn’t speak as loudly as that posture. Until he deals with his posture and builds a truly strong core, he’ll never look the role of a true Calvin Klein model.
If you’re dealing with kyphosis — or if you just want to prevent it — check out my upper back and neck workout.
What do you think, does Biebs’ posture detract from the Calvin Klein image? Did you even notice it?