Tip of the Week: Traps down for good posture
<font color="red">This is probably the number one reason for bad posture seen in bodybuilders these days. I beleive that part of this is from people using a weight too heavy for them and part not being educated on proper form.
A persons traps are one of the strongest body parts in our body, if you have ever done any heavy Barbell shrugs you will agree with me here. With that said working a bodypart like your back you might want to consider eliminating the work your upper traps are doing in order to keep proper posture.
To do this you must ensure they stay relaxed during the entire movement, for most people this means your arms should not pass your body in any sort of rowing exercise. The easiest way to test this is to have a partner feel if your trap is flexing during the movement. Executing this properly will not only keep your upper trap fibers from overdeveloping but actually develope other postural muscles (such as Pectoralis Minor) much more effectively.
"The truth Iíve discovered is that you donít have to lift enormous weights to grow muscle. By using stricter form, slower negatives, and stretching between sets you can get an incredible pump in all your workouts. Numbers are an abstraction, especially to muscles. Your body doesnít know the absolute weight of what you lift, it only recognizes how heavy it feels. The secret is to make lighter weights feel heavier. " - Frank Zane
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