BY NAOMI NAZARIO
We spend a lot of time sitting these days, whether it be in front of a desk, TV, or in a car. Years of prolonged sitting can lead to poor posture as our core and glute muscles weaken and our shoulders round forward. The seated band row will help address some major postural issues so you can literally get out of that slump.
The key with this exercise is to keep the abs braced, says David Jack, Men’s Health training advisor. This allows you to isolate those rear shoulder muscles as you pull and hold. Strengthening the shoulder girdle and creating awareness of proper positioning of the shoulder blades will enhance posture over time. This can lessen the risk of neck, shoulder, and back problems.
You can carry over the cues from this exercise—abs braced, shoulders down and back, neutral spine—whenever you sit to prevent the slumping or overextended position many of us revert to while sitting.
Because the band tension is customizable, this movement can challenge a novice or an experienced athlete.