The Importance of Lat Activation

Here’s an interesting study! During pulldowns, this study shows Latissimus Dorsi (Lats) are most strongly activated when elbows are below the shoulders and less activated when elbows are above the shoulders. The lower Trapezius (Traps) display the opposite. Why is this important? There’s so much to correlate to this study! It’s further evidence to explain why Lat activation is so essential for reciprocal inhibition of the Traps. It shows why ergonomics are so important and the height of your desk (ie. elbows at proper angle) are crucial to fixing postural aches, pains and headaches. It also shows how Upper Cross Syndrome can be addressed to eliminate forward head posture, overactivity and imbalances!

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