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Face Pull Technique

For those of you that do face pulls, is it okay to lean back with your body to compensate for the load you are pulling? If I try to stand completely straight with out leaning back with my body weight, I can’t complete a rep without tilting forwards? I don’t have a video or picture to illustrate but its kinda like leaning forward while doing pull-throughs except the other way around.

Yes, you’ll be fine.

It will allow for great loads

Yeah, I had the same problem of not being able to stay stable while trying to stand straight. I definitely have to lean back to be able to do heavy loads.

i do them seated on the lat pulldown

its great if you want a huge load

The angle doesn’t matter at all as long as your arms are moving on the proper plane to put stress on the rear delts.

[quote]BONEZ217 wrote:
The angle doesn’t matter at all as long as your arms are moving on the proper plane to put stress on the rear delts. [/quote]

Looking fucking big there man.

isn’t the point to not work the rear deltoid?

Always compensate you wouldnt want to drop a load

I do these in the seated cable low row station. I don’t have to worry about being pulled forward with heavy loads.

Here’s a real good thread about face pulls:

[quote]LiveFromThe781 wrote:
i do them seated on the lat pulldown

its great if you want a huge load[/quote]

I’d say if your using “huge loads” your probably not doing them right.

[quote]Boffin wrote:
LiveFromThe781 wrote:
i do them seated on the lat pulldown

its great if you want a huge load

I’d say if your using “huge loads” your probably not doing them right.[/quote]

I love “huge loads”! :o

[quote]Boffin wrote:
LiveFromThe781 wrote:
i do them seated on the lat pulldown

its great if you want a huge load

I’d say if your using “huge loads” your probably not doing them right.[/quote]

What do you consider a “huge load”?

50lbs
100lbs
150lbs
200lbs?


The term FACE PULL always leaves me with something like this in mind.
lol

[quote]BONEZ217 wrote:
Boffin wrote:
LiveFromThe781 wrote:
i do them seated on the lat pulldown

its great if you want a huge load

I’d say if your using “huge loads” your probably not doing them right.

What do you consider a “huge load”?

50lbs
100lbs
150lbs
200lbs? [/quote]

You also have to consider the speed of which the load is coming to your face.

I use the rope attachment on the seated cable row. I never go over 50lbs.

[quote]kickureface wrote:
isn’t the point to not work the rear deltoid?

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/pushups_face_pulls_and_shrugs [/quote]

You can do them for the purpose of training your external rotators and lower traps… Or mostly your rear delts + to some extent lower traps.

Different things but both are essentially face pulls.

Lawl @ how many times “huge load” has been said in this thread.

[quote]kickureface wrote:
isn’t the point to not work the rear deltoid?

I dont think its possible to NOT work the rear delts durring face pulls… or any kind of pull/row for that matter.

I just do mine with the cable pulley at the lowest setting. Then I will walk backwards about 4 or 5 steps and bring the bar to my forehead.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
The term FACE PULL always leaves me with something like this in mind.
lol[/quote

Holy Fuck ID where the hell did that pic come from? The depths of hell. Awesome!