- Get your damn head up.
- Kroc rows, face pulls, barbell rows, meadow rows, shrugs, and anything that targets your lower traps. Rack pulls and block pulls as well.
- Hips lower.
- Come Wednesday if you can to MBB and we’ll work on this in person.
Personally I don’t think the paused work is necessarily going to be what will fix this. You get your shoulders too far in front of you and put yourself in a bad position from the start. Fix that and this is likely to go away.[/quote]
Agree here. Your chest is pointed down and your eyes are fixed on the floor in front of you. All you really need to do is flex your upper back and force your head up[/quote]
I understand all this, and used to use all of those cues. Why put your neck in that sheering position? Does it really help as much as it could potentially hurt? And anyway, this position actually does hurt my neck, which is already always tight.
If you look at my recent test day, I bring my hips down significantly lower only to DL 20lb less. And my back still gave (worse really). So one thing I’ve always tried to do is keep my spine COMPLETELY neutral. I’ve always tried to bring my shoulders behind the bar (noticed some of the best DLers do this) but it just didn’t work for me. A sumo stance would probably be a better position for me, but that’s cheating ;).
As far as the paused work. The way I see it is, TUT in the position which needs stability would strengthen that movement directly, no?
All great advice and I appreciate it. LM, I’ll probably take you up on that and come up there wednesday. It’s my spring break this week so I guess I should treat myself to some kind of fun right?