Ash Milad, a swim team coach at Bellevue Club, demonstrates how to perform this simple compound movement that builds strength and stability in the back, core and arms.
Feet: Place the feet hip-width apart with the toes slightly turned out. Legs: Keep the knees slightly bent in an athletic stance. Hips: Hinge forward at the hips until the back is parallel with the ground. Back: Keep the spine straight throughout the entire movement. Maintain a straight line all the way through the neck as your gaze remains on the floor. Working arm: Choose a weight that is appropriate for your fitness level,and grip it with one hand while it’s fully extended toward the ground. Using a pulling action, raise the weight up to chest height.With control, lower the weight back down. Anchoring arm: Extend the arm without the weight straight toward the ground. The hand can be in a fist or unclenched.
Why it’s important to pull
Many traditional exercises emphasize pushing against objects to build strength. But practicing pulling is equally as important for a well-rounded, happy body. If you spend a lot of time on the bench press, this is the perfect way to get balance in your upper body.