Stop Doing Face Pulls Like This! (SAVE A FRIEND)
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JEFF: What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com. Dude…you’re making me uncomfortable. JESSE: Why? Oh, was it because of my exercises? Dude, my rotator cuff feels great. JEFF: Can you get behind the camera, please? JESSE: You sure? JEFF: I’m positive. JESSE: Okay. Okay. JEFF: Creep. I’m positive. All right, guys. Today, let’s talk about what we’re really
here to talk about. That is, the face pull. A lot of people don’t do this exercise right. And some of you, I don’t blame because there
are literally tutorial videos out there with millions of views that are not only showing
you an incorrect way to do the exercise, but it’s the direct way to hurt yourself doing
the exercise. That’s not what we want. So, I want to make sure you do this right. I know we’ve become a little synonymous with
this exercise, but for good reason. I’ll wear that badge proudly because I believe
this is an incredibly important exercise. Not just to build the stability of your upper
body and torso for your bigger lifts, but more importantly, to your overall posture
and health. So, we need to do it. What I’m going to do is cover a few different
elements here. I want to talk about the equipment you use. The height you want to set it at. The grip that you’re going to use – because
a lot of people screw that up. The stance you take when you do the exercise. The travel, and what the key points are when
you start to move the band. And then some alternatives. More importantly, when you program it, what
type of weight you’re using, what type of reps, and then where you program it into your
overall plan. So, we start here, first and foremost, with
the equipment. You might be training at home, or you might
be training at the gym. In the gym you’d have access to a cable, which
I prefer, but I’ll get to that in a second. If you’re home, it doesn’t mean you can’t
do it. It just means that you have to be alert of
something or aware of something. That is, when you do it with a band the strength
curve on a band is different than when you’re going to encounter on a cable here. As you stretch the band further and further
out it gets more and more difficult. But the most difficult portion of this exercise
is the end. So, if I were to start and try to do full
range of motion where my arms are out in front of me, getting some scapular protraction here,
and then I come back into the face pull I hit a wall. I don’t have the strength because this band
got too hard, too quick. I’d either have to compromise and use a lighter
band, or I’d have to stand closer here and start in the midrange of the exercise so I
can get in position at the end. It’s something you have to be aware of if
you’re going to train at home. Ideally, you would use a cable machine. But what would you attach here? You wouldn’t want to attach a bar to this
because you’re going to limit the amount of rotation you can get, which is an all-important
component of this exercise through your shoulders. So, you’d use a rope. But the problem with one rope is that it’s
often times not long enough. As you’ll see here, we’re going to want to
get our arms out wide. Not just here, but out wide so we can get
into external rotation. This is limited by the use of a single rope. You could either attach a sled rope like this
to get more length, or what I like to do is take another rope from the gym, pull that
one down, attach a second rope, and now I’ve got the length I need to maintain that position
here. So that’s what you want to make sure you can
do to get yourself in the right spot. The next thing would be, what is the height? Where do you want to set the height here? Again, you see some people taking this thing
from a low position. The problem with low is that it’s setting
up the wrong mechanics of the exercise. You don’t pull from low to high. You saw Jesse doing this. We call it the ‘upright pull’. It’s horrible for your shoulders. You’re basically performing an upright row
instead of a face pull. But what’s more important is when you resist
yourself from low to high, you’re asking for an eccentric contraction of the rotator cuff,
in the external rotators of the shoulder to counteract that because you’re being pulled
down, and forward. This is the angle. Down and forward. You want to make sure you have yourself going
from high to low because if I’m getting pulled in this direction, not only is my arm getting
pulled there, but my back gets pulled there, too. I lose my thoracic extension. What happens there is the amount I can externally
rotate – and you can do this yourself, right now – if you round your thoracic spine and
try to externally rotate you only get a certain amount. If I were to stand up into full extension,
now I get an extra 20 degrees of external rotation. So, if we could fix that just by making this
thing anchor high, that’s what we would do. Now, by getting in this high anchor position
when I pull back, I’m concentrically pulling back into external rotation. Strengthening those muscles there, the ones
that we’re trying to work on the most, along with the rear delts, and of course, the mid
scap, rhomboids, and traps. So, I’m in this position here. So, you want to pull from high to low. Next is the stance. How do you stand? People say, “I’m never sure if I’m supposed
to stand square, or if I’m supposed to stand like this, or if I’m supposed to put my leg
up on something.” No. You don’t want to do that. You want to stand square, if at all possible. It’s more athletic. You get to a more athletic stance. You square up and you pull. What it does is regulates the amount of weight
you can use. So, I can’t overload this to the point where
it degrades the form on the exercise because if I try to go so heavy that I’m getting pulled
forward I’m going too heavy. It’s an easy sign for you to know that. But you want to be able to square up here
and pull around that torso this way. If you have to. If it’s not because you’re using too heavy
of a weight, but because you have bad balance; you can get into a staggered position here. But square up your hips, square up your shoulders,
and pull that way throughout the exercise. Here’s where it gets really important. It’s the grip. What is the – how are you gripping this
rope? All the time I see people – especially if
you’re correctly putting it up high – they take an overhand grip, and overhand grip,
and then they pull. What this is promoting is, again, internal
rotation of the shoulder with elevation of your arms up overhead. You don’t want to be there. Especially if you do this as often as I’m
going to recommend you do this. You’re accumulating a lot of repetitions in
an internally rotated shoulder position with elevation. Not a good idea. So instead, you grab it from underneath, and
underneath. You point your thumbs backward. Now when I grip it this way and I come back
you can see I’m getting external rotation of the shoulder at the top with elevation
here, as opposed to internal rotation. Which leads us right into the trough lift. What the exercise looks like when you start
to perform it. There are two things you really want to focus
on here. The first thing is: where are you pulling
to? What’s the destination? This should be easy, but it gets screwed up
a whole hell of a lot. This is a face pull. So that means you’re pulling to your face,
right? Right around your nose. My big nose is a nice target for me. I can come right toward my nose and if I could,
I’d pull it right in here. A face pull. It’s not a clavicle pull, in here. You’re not trying to pull down there. It’s not a chest pull. It’s not an overhead pull like that. It’s a face pull. So, you want to make sure that’s your destination. In terms of the main driver of this, this
is what’s key. What wins the race to the back position there? Your elbows or your hands? The answer is: your hands. This is where I think people get this wrong
all the time. They let their elbows win. They do this. They do this. This is an elbow beating my hand. My hand is the length of my forearm away from
my elbow right now. That’s not what I want. Once again, that’s internal rotation with
elevation. What I need to do is let my hands beat my
elbows in a race to the back. I come in here, the hand beats the elbow. What that ensures is that I’m getting external
rotation. What I’m really trying to do here is close
down the back here. Open the chest, close down the back. Squeeze those shoulder blades. Externally rotate. Get the rotator cuff involved. Let the traps pull and help. We want to make sure the real race is being
won by the rotator cuff in this exercise. Not by the rear delt in some sort of row. That’s a different exercise. The benefit of this exercise is driven by
the rotator cuff. If you can’t do that there are a couple of
modifications that will help you. The first one to reinforce that is to get
down on the ground. If I get down here and perform this, if I
lead with the elbows my hands don’t come anywhere close to the ground. So, what I can do is come down here and make
sure my hands, or at least the nubs of the rope, make contact with that ground, and my
elbows are elevated here. I squeeze for a second or two, and I come
back up. Down, and I hold and squeeze. Don’t let the hands drift. Keep them down in contact with the ground. It’s not just a great way to feel this, it’s
a great way to do the exercise. But another variation you can do as an alternative,
to add more to this exercise than what I’ve shown you recently, is by adding a raise of
the arms at the top. So, I get back here, and then I raise the
arms up, and I come back down. What this is doing is adding the lower traps
to the equation here. We’re already hitting almost everything in
our back. The lower traps are really important for creating
stability of the scapula as we raise our arms up over our head. So, we don’t want to ignore that. If we can build that in with a simple raise
of the arms at the end here, holding isometrically in that back position, why wouldn’t we do
it? It’s a bit more complicated. It does require a little more strength, but
it’s one that you want to explore if you can. The last two things are about how you would
program this from a weight perspective – as sets, that type of thing – and also how
frequently. Weights. I mentioned before, not so heavy that it’s
pulling you forward, but not so light that the exercise becomes ridiculous. People will think this is a corrective exercise
and they’ll come in and get limp here. This is not helping. This is not helping. What you do is make sure you’re using enough
weight to create strength benefits. You’re trying to strengthen weak muscles that
are being compromised by over dominate, anterior chain muscles that have put you in this position. These need to get stronger. So, choose a weight that is a resistance that’s
challenging for you. But most importantly, it’s the set-rep structure. If you’re going to do 10 to 12 reps of these,
make sure it’s 12 sets of 1, or 10 sets of 1. That’s the mentality. Every, single one of them has to be a good,
solid contraction here. Squeeze, hold, raise up if you’re going to,
come down, and rest. Reset. Come back. High quality repetition. Come up, down, and through. That’s the key to the effectiveness of the
exercise. It’s the quality. In terms of how frequently you want to do
this, you would work it in as I’ve said before in a video, every workout. At the end of every, single workout. I don’t care if you’re working your legs,
or you’re working your back, or you’re pull, or push, or whatever. You can benefit from a couple of sets of face
pulls here. You’re not going to over train with these. It’s just addressing a weakness, and the postural
effects that this weakness has on you through a little more regular frequency. Guys, I hope you’ve found this video helpful. This tutorial is meant to be complete, so
you actually get this right. If you’re going to be doing these as often
as I recommend, if you place the important on this exercise that I recommend, I’ve got
to make sure you get it right. If you’re looking for plans where we place
as much care in the selection of all our exercises, it’s not just what you do but how you do it;
head to ATHLEANX.com and look at all our programs. They’re setup based on the goals you’re trying
to achieve. In the meantime, if you’ve found the video
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out. All right, guys. I’ll see you soon. Jesse, stay far, far away from me, please.

100 thoughts on “Stop Doing Face Pulls Like This! (SAVE A FRIEND)

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  2. I’m lucky in that my gym has 6 ropes. Obviously I make sure to use all of them to follow along with Jeff’s recommendations. 😐

  3. I'm so glad I found your channel. I observe so many ppl doing exercises incorrectly, and my fat ass need to make my workouts count. I'm the one watching Jeff's videos before I start my workout lol

  4. Funnily enough, I used to watch these prior to beginning my training as a physiotherapist, now that I know all the terms used I can finally understand what he is saying.

  5. I have NEVER felt a pump in my rear delt until trying these face pulls with this technique… and the raise up for the lower traps, THANK YOU Jeff

  6. Laying on the ground changes the angle to the same as lifting from low to high which is exactly what he said was wrong at the beginning due to pulling into internal rotation of the shoulder ?

  7. Whoa, I've bren doing it wrong all time long. I've been hitting tye face pulls with nternal rotation with elevation since my elbows have been the driver of this exercise. Need to focus on getting my hands all the way back and lift up and down from now on. Thank you Athleanx!

  8. I love the fact that that even though the subject is important and people should pay close attention to the information, Jeff puts in that extra fun bit to get the people paying attention and not just: " HI DO THIS THIS WAY, AND YOU CAN ALSO TRY THIS FOR THIS, THANK YOU BYE" This should be also used in schools I imagine, anyway love your work, just tried 2 excercises from your lover pecks video, and that was amazing. I am telling you people, when you listen, understand and then do, you will get results.

  9. I like these but have trouble with left shoulder. I had labrum surgery on that shoulder and developed arthritis in that shoulder which limits my range of motion on that side. Any hints for me to help me do this exercise better

  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8JuBVL3dxQ this is another movie from you . yet in this movie you are doing what you are saying now is wrong – self contradiction . Now you are saying not to do face pulls with tha cable coming from up and in the other movie you actually do the same exercise while the cable is coming from down .

  11. Take a shot (of protein powder) every time Jeff says "external rotation" and you might have muscles like his.

    Kidding. This was a really great video. Pretty sure I haven't done these correctly once.

  12. "Hey everybody what's up Jeff Cavaliere here with AthleanX.com and today we're going to look at one of my personal favorite exercises for stronger wrists, the rope stroke.'

  13. Awesome thank u I have been doing them with the wrong grip. I had my hands the opposite way on the rope. Also I like using 2 ropes vs 1. Great idea

  14. Never ever had a shoulder pain before during my workout ..I have been a regular gym goer .. but once I incorporated face pulls in my routine..I have not been able to do any sort of shoulder workout..I even got pain during flexion and int.rotation of shoulder..what to do?

  15. Which one of your programs has facepulls, all of them? I am getting confused between all of the different muscle building programs you have even after the survey.

  16. Guys u r both awesome. Jassy, u r really funny man. God bless you guys. One last thing- I love training but after watching u guys, I have taken my training to a different level. Thank to u Jeff….

  17. so you want me to use the only two ropes in my school gym then lay on the ground while i do that with like 10-15 lbs of wieght

  18. Jeff can’t be trusted at all, he commits the worst gym sin of mixing Adidas and Nike, I’m going to have to now follow someone trustworthy and reliable like v shred

  19. 10:10 Can someone explain this to me? "You're trying to strengthen weak muscles that are being compromised by over-dominant anterior chain muscles…."

  20. Jeff, I’m doing face pulls with a straight bar, light weight. Don’t have the ropes yet. Seems to feel okay. Is it safe? Love the vids.

  21. Any chance you can do a dumbbell tutorial on the facepull? I think I"m doing it right with my dumbbells at home, but with all the excellent info you put on here, I'm sure there's something I'm missing.

  22. Protip : If your gym doesn't have a lot of ropes (or any), you can just "roll" and squeeze in 2 small towels in the carabiner clip. (I'm talking about the kind of towels you use for your hands or hair).

    Also, that way, maybe you could also protect the equipment from all that sweat you leave on it you filthy animals.

  23. I am 47 and I seriously want to get back in shape, but I recently was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I have noticed that my shoulders are starting to drift forward. Will this exercise help me? I will take any suggestions because I am TIRED of feeling sorry for myself.

  24. some dude in the gym made fun of me for doing face pulls. he said it looked like I was trying to suck a dick hahahaha

  25. I was told by gym instructor that this is wrong and i tried too explain how do i tell her she knows nothing about facepools? Send this video? 😂😂

  26. When using a band, you can smooth out the resistance curve by slipping one handle through the other to lengthen the band, then do 1 arm at a time.
    Also do 1 arm if you only have 1 rope.

  27. Jeff how much emphasis is on rear delts in this exercise, doing it the way you advise? Rear delts is what I'm wanting to develop.

  28. Used the two ropes at the gym this morning and it felt great… to have everyone looking at me like I really knew what I was doing 😂😂
    The extra push at the end is awesome. I steel feel those muscles burning 4 hours later

  29. I have added face pulls to almost all of my workouts and kept the weights light. I had a winged scapula and bursitis and found that doing this exercise with one and a half reps for the extra squeeze very beneficial. Just wondering if you have tried applying this method and whether or not you would recommend just doing 12 sets of one, or if there is any added benefit of doing 12 sets of 1.5 ? Too much volume ?

  30. Jeff, I know you must get countless comments like this, but I still need to tell you that you have essentially saved me. This recommendation has been fixing so many things that had been wrong with me, including a shoulder issue that I have had that physical therapy has attributed to a weak lower back. I've only been incorporating this for two weeks and the results are insane, I feel amazing! I wish I could meet you and shake your hand. You do incredible work and give out priceless information for free, you are a saint of fitness. I intend to invest in some of your products and potentially a program when I have the at home equipment someday to give back to the unbelievable fitness world that you have built. I cannot believe that someone like you exists, giving away for free what many charge for by the session. From the bottom of my heart thank you for what you do, I believe I am one of so many that has been able to benefit from the amazing work that you do.

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