What Do Engaged Lats Look & Feel Like?

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What Do Engaged Lats Look & Feel Like?

In short, if your posture is looking sloppy, then your lats are not engaged.. so let's talk solutions!

WHAT DO ENGAGED LATS LOOK & FEEL LIKE?

When training, subtle adjustments make all the difference... & nothing demonstrates that like proper lat engagement! I briefly mentioned engaging your lats in my post about proper core engagement when I said we want to make sure our shoulders aren’t shrugging/hunching. It’s more nuanced than that though, which is why I created this video .

In short, if your posture is looking sloppy, then your lats are not engaged.. which means your core is also not properly engaged... which could lead to difficult/painful movement or even injury (ouch). So let’s talk solutions!

Focus on:

  • keeping neck long
  • keeping chest open
  • "locking in" shoulders (compress your shoulder blades back & down as if you were trying to slide them into the back pockets of your jeans)

All while keeping your core engaged:

  • not arching lower back
  • not puffing rib cage out

It's also worth mentioning that training your lats with exercises like lat pulldowns, pull-ups & rows could not only improve your ability to engage your lats, but also your awareness of whether or not they're properly engaging & maintaining good posture with any movement you do. I hope you find this check list, along with this video visual helpful! Shoot me an email if you have any questions!

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