Stretching At The Bar

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Suspended at the fixed bar with the hands apart and with a pronated grip (thumb inwards) :

  • Inhale and exhale slowly focusing on the relaxation of your body. This allows you to relax your back and rebalance the pressure inside the intervertebral discs (the discs that connect the vertebrae to each other).

  • When you feel your muscles relaxed, lower you head forward to try to touch your sternum with your chin. This allows you to stretch the middle and the top of your back.

To increase the stretch, you can ask a person to grab your hips and pull you slowly down or you can swing slightly.

This stretching is essential. When you do it regularly at the end of deadlift, squat or other exercise that compresses the spine, this allows you in the long term to limit the deterioration of your intervertebral discs. This means that this stretch reduces the risk of spinal disc herniation.

Variant

With a tight grip, you stretch more the latissimus dorsi and teres major.

Note

When you do this stretch, it’s possible that you hear cracking of the spinal column followed by a pleasant sensation of release and relaxation of the back.

Don’t worry, these crackles have no gravity. It’s because of the relaxation of the paravertebrale muscle that allow the brutal decompression of the small intervertebral and costovertebral joints. This make the same effect as a suction cup that you take off.

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How To Do Close-Grip Lat Pulldowns

close grip lat pulldowns exercise anatomy back

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Sitting at the machine with your knees under the pads:

  • Inhale and bring the handle back to the sternum by swelling your chest and tilting your back slightly

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

close grip lat pulldowns exercise anatomy back

This exercise works the latissimus dorsi and teres major.

This exercise works a little bit the rhomboid, trapezius and posterior deltoid when the shoulder blades get closer.

Generally, all « Pull » exercises work the biceps and anterior brachialis. This movement with the semi-pronated grip work especially the brachioradialis.

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How To Do Seated Rows

seated rows

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

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Sitting on the machine with your feet on the foot stop and with your torso bent:

  • Inhale and straightening your back and pulling your elbows back, you bring back the handle to your sternum’s base

  • Exhale at the end of the movement and returns to the starting position by controlling the movement.

This exercise works latissimus dorsi, teres major, posterior deltoid and a little bit biceps, brachialis, brachioradialis. The trapezius and rhomboid work during the approach of your shoulder blades at the end of the movement.

Upon straightening your torso, the spinal erectors also work.

What is interesting with this exercise is that by allowing yourself to be pulled by the weight in the negative phase of the movement, you relax your back’s muscles.

Attention

Don’t round your back to avoid injury.

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Acromioclavicular Problems

acrominioclavicular problem

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Frequent bodybuilding’s athletes are often confronted with acromioclavicular diseases.

This doesn’t happen in the same way as with sports like rugby, football, riding or combat sport with projections where the shoulder joint can be damaged by a fall or violent contact which leads to acromioclavicular dislocation with a ligament tear.

In bodybuilding, it’s micotraumatism caused by excessive, repetitive and poorly controlled work of the shoulder joint.

The pain happens little by little and after a while, pain prevents doing exercises like bench press or dips.

When doctors examine the acromioclavicular joint, it’s painful to pressure and slightly swollen.

It’s a problem without real gravity but the cure is long. The joint capsule and ligaments stretched because of inflammation, which give play to the joint. It takes some times for the entire articulation to return to its inital size.

Firstly, it’s necessary to stop the upper body training for 2 weeks

Note : from a bone view’s point, the upper limb connected to the bust by the clavicle which goes from the sternum to the scapla. In bodybuilding workouts, clavicular joints are often over-solicited and this create inflammatory pathologies of wear and tear.

Back to train

When upper body workout starts again, it’s necessary not to do bench press, dips and all movements with pushed down for at least 2 months. This is important to avoid re-stretching acromioclavicular ligaments.

Military press with barbell/dumbbell, inclined bench press and all movements with pusched up are allowed as they stabilize acromioclavicular joint. These movements limit the risk of ligament stretching.

If these tips aren’t respected. The joint inflammation will continue causing intra-articular calcifications and seriously compromising a sport career.

acrominioclavicular problem

Prevention :

These acromio-calvicular inflammations often occur after excessive training with the bench press due to a poorly controlled movements, with a too rapid descent, rebounding on the torso, sets too long and jerky.

The bench press in powerlifter’s style can also trigger inflammatory pathologies.

It’s for this reason that, at the least suspicious pain, it’s necessary to stop these movements for a time and to replace them by cable chest fly, dumbbells movement with a certain inclinaison of the bench for continue working chest.

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