There’s nothing worse than loosey goosey shoulders during the pullup and chinup exercise. Trust me, as a personal trainer, it’s not a pretty sight to behold from across the gym floor. Even from several yards away, I can feel the shearing forces on the soft tissues around the shoulders – sending shivers up my spine. It’s the most common pullup mistake I’ve ever seen, and shockingly, it’s seldom addressed in pullup technique tutorials. Yes, even from nationally recognized strength and conditioning organizations.
A lot of personal trainers are guilty of instructing their clients to “just get your chin over the bar,” but that oversight can lead to piss-poor performance and shoulder injuries down the road. Lucky for you, you already have a great pullup technique tutorial where I outline all the finer details of optimal pullup technique.
Alas, some of you wrote to me with questions about how to initiate the shoulder pack strategy explained in the instructional video. So, I’ve decided to go into a little more depth on that one particular aspect of proper pullup technique in the following video which will teach you exactly how to stabilize your shoulders during pullups, chinups, and all their variations. Employing this technique will ensure you build functional strength and that you’re doing your own due diligence to prevent shoulder injuries.
How to Stabilize Your Shoulders During the Pullup Exercise
Note: One of my Youtube subscribers mentioned that the video was awfully long for such a simple technique, but I wanted to be absolutely sure I left no stone unturned especially since a few of you inquired. If you watch the full explanation, you should only need to see the actual demonstration once. Although, if you could do without the explanation, and just want to see what the technique looks like, skip ahead to the 5 minute mark. You might not know what to look for though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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P.S. Can you tell I just love this exercise?