High Pulley Lateral Extensions

Stand facing the pulleys with the arms extended to the front, gripping the right handle with the left hand and the left handle with the right hand:

  • Inhale and extend arms to the side and back.
  • Exhale at the end of the movement.

Return to the initial position with a controlled movement and begin again.
This exercise mainly contracts the posterior deltoid, infraspinatus, teres minor, and, at the end of the movement as the shoulder blades come together, the trapezius and deeper in, the rhomboids.

Comment: People who carry their shoulders for- ward because of chest muscle development can perform this exercise in addition to posterior shoulder work at a machine to help rebalance their posture.
To realign shoulders where they belong, work with moderate weights, and at the end of the movement squeeze the shoulders back.