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To get sexy, sculpted shoulders, many gym-goers hop on the lat pulldown machine … and then work their chests with bad form.
"Many people round their shoulders forward, which is the opposite of what you're supposed to be doing," Brooks says.
What to do instead: Strengthen your shoulders—and your back, core, butt, legs, and arms—with negative chinups and static hangs. To perform a negative chinup, use a chair or step to get to the top of the chinup position. Hold at the top, then lower your body as slowly as possible, fighting gravity as it pulls your body until your arms are straight. Use the step or chair to return to start, and repeat.
Get more from every minute by swapping out ineffective and risky exercises for smarter moves that will work more muscle in less time.
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