Tip: The Banded Face Pull

Use this modification to make the face pull exercise even more effective.

The standard face pull performed with a rope or handles is great for back development and posture. Here's how to make it even better.

Reach your hands through a band, anchoring the band along the outside of the wrists. Turn your palms down. Now use the standard "elbows up and out" form, pulling to your nose or forehead. Squeeze at the top.

The band will add side-to-side resistance, forcing you to fight hard to spread the band apart.

Kurt Weber, MS, CSCS, PN-1, is a former Division-I strength and conditioning coach and Track and Field All-American. He now specializes in performance enhancement for the lifestyle athlete at a private gym in Newport Beach, CA. Kurt is also the creator of The Alpha Plan program, designed for high-stress, busy, and frequent travelers. Follow Kurt Weber on Facebook