Starting poses?

In many of my NLA sequences I want the actor to begin in a starting-pose specified by certain actions. So far, in frame #1 he “zooms” from the Rest pose to that starting-pose. Right now I simply work-around that by beginning my animations with frame #2. But that’s a kludge.

Isn’t there a way, with the NLA Editor, to specify that the character should start out in this pose? (Note: re-defining the “rest pose” isn’t an option.)