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Serratus Anterior & Lower Traps


#1

the low row exercise for strengthening the serratus anterior & lower traps. In this exercise, a lat bar is gripped at shoulder level and the athlete pulls the bar slowly to his knees, retracting the scapula at the end of the movement. has any one tried it & maybe give me some pointers. Cannot find any picture of this exercises Is this ecercise done standing , kneeling or seated?


#2

This can be done with any rowing setup. Just let your shoulders drift forward on the eccentric, and then squeeze your traps hard to get your shoulders to retract. Keep your arms as straight as possible.


#3

any video to help with the description?


#4

I cannot seem to find one I got the exercise from this http://www.biomech.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201000601


#5

I think you may be talking about the Straight-Arm Pulldown.

Scroll down a little bit to see it. It has a video.
bodybuilding.com/fun/exercises.php?MainMuscle=Lats


#6

cannot seem to find one I got the exercise from this http://www.biomech.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201000601 this is what the article said


#7

Could someone explain how the serratus anterior would help with any rowing or pulldown motion, straight-arm or otherwise? It's function is to elevate, rotate up, abduct/protract the scapulae, as well as just hold them on.

I've seen other people saying that these pullover/lat motions somehow help the serratus, who has an idea where this idea originates and why the muscle would do this? Based on explanations I've read of the muscle I don't see it.

Even lower traps are kinda confusing. If you wanted to work their function as a depressor then why not have the bar overhead and 'reverse shrug down'? If you wanted to work their function as a retractor, that happens when you work the whole trap or lat with rowing motions.