Are Behind The Neck Lat Pull Downs Bad For You?

I had a great question on our Women Who Lift Weights Facebook page about behind the neck lat pull downs.  Here are my thoughts.
Question: Hi Coach Rob! I have a question but am getting confused on what the true answer is because I have heard and read it’s both okay and/or not good. I was hoping you could help to answer? Behind the neck lat pull downs. Are they okay to do or can they potentially cause injury? Thanks!

 

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My Answer: Great question. I think it all depends on the person and the goal of why you are doing it.

I think if you have good shoulder and upper back mobility it’s fine to do. However I think if you have a stiff or tight upper back or lack mobility it’s not a great choice.

If you have someone that sits at a desk or computer all day long with their head/neck protruding forwards it’s probably not a great exercise choice.

But it you move well and have good mobility I see nothing wrong with it.

Coach Rob