Band Pull Aparts are an essential exercise for correcting posture, improving shoulder health, and building a strong upper back. Here are 3 tips to make sure you do them right:
1. Shoulders Down & Back
Shrugged shoulders while pulling puts too much focus on the (already overactive) upper traps. Actively focus on keeping your shoulder blades retracted to target the lower traps and rear delts.
2. Hide Your Ribs
Credit to my friend Mitch on this cue. Maintain a neutral spine and avoid arching at the back- even when the movement gets tough.
3. Straight Elbows and Wrists
Bending at the elbows and wrists as you pull will burn out your arms long before your back. A slight bend in the elbow throughout is ok, but squeeze the band tight and keep your knuckles pointed forward.