Anterior Pelvic Orientation, Breathing During Squats and Deadlifts, and Handstands – Movement Debrief Episode 108

Movement Debrief Episode 108 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the setlist:

  • What is anterior pelvic orientation/tilt?
  • How does this happen with different infrasternal angle presentation?
  • When do I coach breathing sequences within a lift like the squat and deadlift?
  • How does the breathing sequence differ if I am coaching a squat/deadlift for movement options versus max effort?
  • What could a squat be useful at improving movement-wise?
  • How about a hinge?
  • What are the benefits of handstands?
  • How can headstand and handstand variations be used to improve movement options?

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Go here and here to learn about infrasternal angles

Pulling, Reaching, and Stacking During Big Lifts – Movement Debrief Episode 107

Here is a great video where Bill Hartman deep dives into testing hip flexion

Decline quadruped on elbows is an early activity I use if I need to invert someone:

Here is one of the first headstand variations I use:

Then if you want to drive hip extension, you can check this one out: 

Anterior Pelvic Orientation 

I was recently talking to a group about Wide and Narrow ISAs and the effect on the pelvis and referred to a video you did on the anterior orientation coming from “at the pelvis” or “above the pelvis” 

I explained it the best I could but I remember your video with the model being quite easy to understand! 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find that bit I wanted and was hoping you could help me out with a link so I can pass on your great work you continue to do

Breathing During Squats and Deadlifts

When do you prescribe inhale-pause-exhale during squats and deadlifts? 


Hey Zac – if u fancy something different for a debrief – how about talking about the benefits of Handstand Practise [ie against a wall for most people] for posture, breathing, muscle balance etc.

Sum Up

  • Wide infrasternal angles have extension within the pelvis due to sacral nutation from an exhaled axial skeleton
  • Narrow infrasternal angles have extension above the pelvis due to increased anteroposterior ventral cavity dimensions
  • Early-phase squatting and deadlifting should focus on setting the stack and then teaching the movement
  • If going after specific limitations, inhale into the limitations
  • Valsalva maneuvers are useful for max effort lifts
  • Handstands are a great terminal exercise to improve upper thorax anteroposterior compression; with headstands being the intermediary

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