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    Question about this recent video Back Extension vs Shoulder Retraction in the Deadlift - YouTube

    I don't think I retract my shoulders/shoulder blades. However, I do think about pulling my shoulder blades down, tightening the muscles in my upper back to pull my shoulder blades down against the back of my ribcage. Is this wrong?

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    Someone taught me the right "feel" to go for by having me do cable pushdowns. It's kind of like what you described, but isometric (no movement) just a lat activation.

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    I would recommend not thinking about your shoulders at all in the setup for the deadlift and simply squeeze your chest up. A deadlift is wonderfully effective at pulling your your shoulders down anyway.

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