Mr. Cressey -
You are very inspiring; in particular, your NNM series inspired me to focus on muscular balance and got me thinking about how years of lifting for football has taken its toll. With all the benching and little rowing, all the squating and little deadlifting or posterior chain work, and a million times as much vertical pressing (push press, jerks, jammer machine, shoulder and military presses) as vertical pulling, I realized am probably pretty f-ing imbalanced! So I am working hard to correct that; however, I have a few questions:
1) In NNM 5, you recommending racks pulls with scapular retraction. Dave Tate and the big boys over at EliteFTS say that you should always pull with your upper-back rounded, because the bar has to travel less distance. Now, I do this, but I figured that I could arch my upper back in all my training pulls, and just pull without scap. retrac. during testing. Is this a good idea?
2) Since I am not a competitive powerlifter, I was thinking about having my ME upper-body lift be a ROWING movement for a couple months, instead of a benching movement. Again, is this a good idea? (We only rep test bench anyway).
3) What is your opinion on the o-lifts... should I just hit cleans lightly in upcomming off seasons and focus more on power lifts?
Thank you for your time.