Barbell Pullovers – They Feel Good

by Kilo on April 4, 2011

The title kind of says it all. As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with an annoying rib injury. The movements with the biggest payoffs have all been heavy on ab stabilization. Front squats, zercher squats and carries, ab wheel work, and anything with loaded hip extension have yielded good results.

To this list I am going to add the lying barbell pullover. In the video above he’s obviously lying on a bench. When I do these I actually lie on the ground with the barbell. I reach all the way back and touch the backs of my hands to the ground, then reverse the movement until I’m holding the bar locked out over my chest again.

Going any farther forward than that doesn’t make the rib happy. I’ve never done this with more weight than the bar.

If you’ve never given it a try, see how it works for you. I’ll be rotating these in as often as they keeping feeling good.


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Kris Wragg April 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

I’ve been doing pullovers for just over month now, although I do them laid on a bench and generally with just a 5 or 10kg plate in my hands. I read conflicting things on concentrating on deep breaths doing them to expand your ribcage.

My chest measurement is up about an inch in the last two months, whether this is due to additional chest/back muscle or my ribcage expanding I don’t really care, bigger is better :)


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