Anything thing to think about is that the McGill chin up is trying to work scapular retraction. Brian pulls explosively and he knows what he’s doing already, but if you feel like you’re defaulting to using your arms to initiate the pull, you may be skipping the back work you’re supposed to be getting. When Brian first showed me the McGill pull-up he had me hang, then pull only with my back and shoulder blades to get them back and tight (it’s almost the reverse of a shrug), and then pull up from there. Give it a go and if you do it right your back will be on fire. If you don’t feel your back still just slow the movement down and teach the muscles to engage.

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Tucker Loken is a Bodybuilder turned Powerlifter turned Powerbuilder from Eugene, Oregon. He did his first bodybuilding show when he was still in high school, and has been training male and female competitors for shows since 2011. Several years ago he decided to take a step away from his normal routine and learn how to get strong. He worked with Brian for 9 months, added 200 pounds to his raw total and qualified as an Elite lifter in the 220 pound weight class. He returned back to bodybuilding much stronger and now incorporates the 10/20/Life philosophy into his training to keep himself healthy and making continual progress in the Big 3 as well as adding size and shaping his physique. Now part of Team PRS, he brings his unique expertise of nutritional knowledge and how to balance Bodybuilding with Powerlifting to help athletes achieve their best potential.
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