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!
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.
Rob King is a Competitive PowerLifter, Coach and Writer.