Sunday, November 1, 2009

Back Off This Exercise

It always surprises me when I hear new members tell me they did Behind the Neck Pulldowns at their old gym. I stopped having clients perform that exercise years ago when a growing number of fitness pros concluded that it could cause rotator cuff and other injuries.

I'm cautious about issuing blanket statements that "exercise xyz is bad" because everyone and every body is different. However, another reason I have clients do Front Pulldowns is because they are more effective at working the lats (latissimus dorsi) than the other version.

I know a lot of people think that doing pulldowns toward your back makes your back muscles work harder but it's just the opposite.

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