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My Self-Postural Assessment

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today



I recently conducted a self-postural assessment to identify my muscular imbalances and assess my overall posture.  Muscular imbalances are primarily what cause altered posture and decreased flexibility.   Below are some pictures that Lauren took of me for my assessment.


Postural Issues

Front View  

-Right hip externally rotates

-Right shoulder is lower than the left

Side View

-Increased lumbar lordosis (lower curve in the spine)

-Tight biceps/arms do not straighten naturally

-Slight rounding of the shoulders

Back View

-Slight elevation of left hip

-Right hip externally rotates

-Right shoulder is lower than the left

How Did My Postural Issues Occur?

My posture is altered due to a lack of flexibility.  Flexibility has been an after thought for quite some time.  You name it, I can give plenty of excuses but I won’t waste your time. Stretching is very important to prevent changing your natural posture, once this happens; the likelihood of being injured definitely increases. 

Ilen, why does your hip rotate externally?

-Tight calf muscles

-Weakness of the glutes

Ilen, why does your lower back curve in?

–       Tight hip flexors

–       Forward pelvic tilt due to tight hip flexors

–       Tight lats, calfs, adductors

Ilen, why is your right shoulder lower than your left?

-This can occur from use of dominant hand/side, but it can still be corrected through an effective flexibility program

Ilen, why do your shoulders rotate forward?

-Tight upper traps, scapula and chest muscles

*This postural deficiency is seen in people who work jobs that require long periods of sitting or work on a computer.  Slouching over and maintaining that position will lead to rounded shoulders.  This is also seen in people who focus of upper body pushing exercises.

My current goal is to address my postural issues by using corrective exercises and increasing flexibility. 


Let me know if you have any questions about your posture!

Ilen Bell is co-founder and CEO of Black Fitness Today, a digital platform dedicated to empowering the black community through health promotion and performance enhancement. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and daughter and nine-to-fives it as head strength and conditioning coach for a military special operations unit.


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The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:

We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!

What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.

Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.

Listen to “Bedros Keuilian: From Homeless Personal Trainer to Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire” on Spreaker.

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