Blackburns Get Your Back Strong

Joe Defranco has shared some awesome exercises and sequences with us over the years, here is one I like to use at the end of an upper body workout. 


Blackburns will help strengthen the upper back and rotator cuff.  Try these out!

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  • jhashey

    Reply Reply September 27, 2010

    [New Post] Blackburns Get Your Back Strong – via #twitoaster

  • wrestler strength

    Reply Reply September 27, 2010

    It’s the little things like this that are going to keep your shoulders healthy in the long run. Oftentimes they are over looked so overhead athletes and fighters pay close attention to this great video. Thanks Joe!

  • gene

    Reply Reply September 28, 2010

    I was just searching the net this morning on how to do blackburns. This version is harder than the one I found.


  • Bryan

    Reply Reply September 28, 2010

    I can tell you from experience these are no joke even with 10 #.

  • Ralph

    Reply Reply September 29, 2010

    I did the Black burns before I worked my chest yesterday. I only used five pound plates and I am glad I did. They seemed to really work. I was shaky in doing them. I can see how they can be beneficial.

  • Jerry Shreck

    Reply Reply September 30, 2010

    I have been doing these and variations of these scapular retraction exercises with my athletes for years. Don’t under estimate the value of these exercises!!

  • Ralph

    Reply Reply October 6, 2010

    I tried two sets of these before my chest workouts the last two weeks. I like the way it warms up your assistant muscles for the bench.

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