Face Pulls target the posterior shoulder muscles – try adjusting the height of the cable set up to target different fibres of the muscle groups.
1. Set up a cable machine with a rope attachment, so the pulley is in line with the forehead.
2. Holding a rope in each hand, stand slightly back from the cables, so there is slight tension through the pulley system before executing the exercise.
3. Pull the rope towards your forehead and separate the hands either side of your face. Laterally rotate the shoulders at the same time to really target Infraspinatus and Teres Minor muscles of the rotator cuff.
4. Pause here before slowly returning to the start position.
Tip: Soften the knees slightly to perform this exercise, and keep the core engaged throughout. This movement is produced from the shoulders and upper back – the lower back and hips should not arch or thrust forwards towards the cables.
Please seek the advice of a GP, physiotherapist or a medically qualified personal trainer before commencing any exercise to avoid the risk of any injury. We do not advise performing any exercise if it exhibits any pain or discomfort in any way.
If you have any questions or queries about any of the exercises, please contact the Didsbury clinic (Manchester) to discuss with your physiotherapist or personal trainer.