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Should You “Balance” Your Pushes and Your Pulls?

Written on November 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm, by Eric Cressey

Yesterday, I posted on social media about how I think the concept of balancing pushes with pulls in your programming is outdated. It received some hefty debate, so I thought I'd delve into the topic a bit further in today's video.

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  • John

    Thanks for all you do Eric. Why is a landmine press more desirable than a plain old shoulder press or shoulder press machine?

  • disqus_5T2jXBEN10

    This post makes sense, applying individual programs depending on assessment seems like the hallmark of modern training. I think the emphasis on puling in some programs is many people, when left to themselves, will be press dominant, and when programming for the average person the pulls will offset years of dominant pressing movements. Additionally, using dumbbells tend to improve and develop bi- lateral movement as well because many people also tend to be barbell dominant.

  • nick beatty

    some great insights eric, nice work.

  • Shane Mclean

    How does the position of the thoracic spine play into the ratio of pushes and pulls?

  • Great Post Eric! Been following your content for a while and you never let me down. Just found out I am too rhomboid dominant and now I know how to fix it.

    Keep up the good work bud.

  • Eric Cressey


    More kyphotic likely means you’ll need more pulling.

    Flatter usually means you’ll need more pushing to drive serratus function.

  • Eric Cressey


    I think it’s a bit more friendly because you don’t have to compete against gravity quite as hard. Effectively, it’s a hybrid between OH and horizontal pressing that also allows the scap to move freely.

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