First and foremost, let’s get one thing straight: I like to laugh. It’s even pretty easy to make me laugh. Given this fact, it’s no surprise that I am into Comedy Central’s hit show Tosh.0.

Daniel Tosh is a hilarious human being. He’s been riding this whole “internetz” thing out pretty well, even using Twitter as an outlet to communicate with his fans. Check out this tweet I saw him post last week:

daniel tosh rib pain

The first thing I did was laugh. Finally! That horrible posture of his has caught up to him. I then experienced a moral dilemma in that I was cheering for someone else’s pain, but quickly realized that he gets away with borderline murder on his show, and now my conscience is clear.

Then of course, I had a strong urge to diagnose him (in 140 characters, no less).

Now, obviously, I’m not a doctor. Something else could be going on, and he should get it checked out.

Assuming this had already happened, however, how would I train him? We’re going to base our “assessment”, which in this case is lackluster at best, on watching him move on television. Here’s an example…

NSFW! Beware, this video contains three spoken F words! It also features Daniel with his shirt off, revealing a little more about his posture and giving us a better idea of what he’s got going on.

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The first thing that jumps out at me is the positioning of his ribs.

As we can see towards the video, his infrasternal angle is HUGE! It’s actually one of the biggest that I’ve seen (no homo) in my very limited time examining human bodies.

infrasternal angle
A rough outline of my infrasternal angle

What does this mean? It’s safe to say he needs to work on his external obliques as they are the muscles responsible for pulling those ribs back together. Fixing this and only this may actually eliminate the pain he described. Wall Press Abs would be an example of a good exercise to include in his program.

But that isn’t a full assessment, so keeping our eyes where they are, we should realize that his infrasternal angle is very easy to determine due to his pronounced rib flare.

What does this mean? His diaphragm is being used for posture instead of respiration and his ribs are stuck in a position of inhalation. His rib cage needs to be put in a position where he can effectively use it. The internal obliques and transverse abdominis are the best muscles for achieving this “zone of apposition”, so those need to be added to the list. Wall Press abs will also train these muscles, as will something like a Half Kneeling Cable Chop.

A key to performing his abdominal work is to completely exhale and then pause for a second before inhaling again. This will help him position his rib cage correctly by turning on his abdominal musculature.

Another thing to note about Daniel is that his scapulae are all over the place. His upper traps and pecs do ALL of the stabilzing of the shoulder girdle as is evident in this video.

What does this mean? He needs shoulder stability. This means serratus anterior, lower trap, and middle trap work: a lot of pulling (chin ups, inverted rows, etc…) as well as some push ups. I would also include a Push Up Plus in his dynamic warm up as well as some Shoulder ITY’s in the activation portion of his warm up and/or towards the end of his program.

A point worth mentioning about the push ups is they actually attack BOTH of these goals. The abdominals must resist extension of the spine and the shoulder girdle must be stabilized throughout the movement and protracted at the top.

Now, as a television star, it’s hard to address his lower body as it’s seemingly non-existant on camera, so we’ll leave that out for this post. However, it is a very important part of the assessment process and should not be forgotten in a real-life evaluation.

To sum up the evaulation process, here’s a visual aid. Don’t mind the white space, it’s just there to make sure you’re paying attention 🙂

Findings Weakness How to strengthen
Wide infrasternal angle External obliques Wall Press Abs
Rib flare Abdominal musculature Half Kneeling Cable Chop
Scapular instability Serratus anterior, mid/low trap Push ups, pulling

Tell Daniel that I’ll finish his program when he’s ready to make some changes.