Let’s talk about a new product called the BAKBŌN that was sent to me to evaluate as a posture coach. This lightweight device will cue you to use good posture, whether at your desk or at the gym.
How it Works
You wear it like a loose backpack and it has poles that come out of the top and bottom. Watch the video below for a demonstration! The idea behind these poles is that they’re kinesthetic devices that help keep your posture and alignment straight. When I put my head back against the pole, I have my ear above my shoulder and my head is in a good position. The lower pole is touching my tailbone, so I maintain a good position in the pelvis as well.
BAKBŌN in Action
Now, when I first saw this device, I really didn’t understand it. I use poles in working with clients, but none that you wear like this. I decided to try it out at the gym and you can see in the video below that I used it while doing deadlifts and kettlebell swings.
Well, it was amazing because I was feeling my back muscles better. I was feeling my hamstring muscles and my glute muscles better too! After years of practice, I do generally have good form and I generally have good posture. So for me it was just like a little added nudge as a reminder.
However, there was a person in the class that I was taking, who was intrigued by this device. She asked to try it, so we put it on her and it entirely transformed how she moved. Previously, she was doing deadlifts with a round back position which is not ideal. And what this device did was suddenly force her to hinge her body in a better motion from the hip joint, so that she can get a proper movement out of that position. Wow!
Give it a Try!
BAKBŌN has a couple different lengths in pole size to be used in a range of situations. For example, you can do a shorter pole if you need it for a sitting solution, or a longer pole if you’re taller and just want a little bit more contact on the head or glutes.
I also recommend you check it out if you are a personal trainer or Pilates instructor and you’re looking for ways to help your clients maintain not only good alignment and good posture, but more importantly, good hip hinging. Learn more about this product on their website.
So, is the BAKBŌN Posture device good for you? YES! I’d give it a thumbs up for a lot of different reasons. Hope you check it out in the video demonstration below!
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