Face rows will help correct narrow shoulders and/or kyphosis (hunched back) by working the postural muscles in the upper back. Lying on a bench enables you to perform the exercise without having to worry about supporting your own spine. Great for beginners that need to build some foundation strength.
Main Muscles: Rhomboids, Lower Trapezius, Rear Deltoids
- The bench should be on a 35 degree incline
- Your chest should be above the edge of the bench
- Keep your elbows above the bar and row to your face
- Use full range of motion
A variation of the standard superman…
… the superman press will kick those stubborn postural muscles into action!
You should be able to feel the kinetic chain working from your gluteus all the way up to your trapezius muscles. Be sure that your thumbs are facing upwards and that you are lifting everything off of the floor – chest, arms, thighs, everything! Use this exercise along with others that will strengthen your upper back/rear shoulders in order to correct issues like kyphosis, lordosis and a poor posture.
Learning how to clean with great technique takes a lot of practice. Seated KB Cleans is a good starting point.
Most people struggle with the flipping movement that requires you to get your elbows up and under the bar. If you begin working on the technique sitting down you can concentrate on it without having to worry about using your legs. Once you master it, moving on to KB Swing Cleans (standing), KB Cleans, and then Cleans with a barbell, is a good idea.