While pushing exercises like push-ups and bench presses are super-popular, pulling exercises, like seated rows and lat pulldowns, tend to get overlooked. But you need to have both pushing and pulling strength in order to have healthy posture and muscular balance.
The majority of the muscles used for pulling exercises make up what is known as the posterior change – muscles, tendons and ligaments along the back of the body. What you may not know is that the posterior chain is the primary mover for movements such as jumping, pushing, pulling, running, walking and even simply getting in and out of a chair.
Neglecting your posterior chain can negatively affect your posture, mobility, strength and flexibility. This can lead to aches and pains in your back and neck. The best way to avoid this poor movement pattern is to make sure you including adequate pulling exercises in your workout routine.
Examples of pulling exercises:
Pull-ups & Chin-ups
Barbell Bent-Over Rows
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