Are pull-ups enough for back shoulders?

Wondering if pull-ups are enough for the back shoulders? Can you fully train your rear shoulders with this exercise alone or should you do additional exercises? After reading this article, you will know if pull-ups are enough for training your back shoulders, when it makes sense to do additional exercises and which ones are best for that.

Whether pull-ups are enough for your back shoulders depends on your training plan. If you do a full body workout, the rear shoulders are already sufficiently stressed by pull-ups. If you do a split workout, you can do additional exercises for the back shoulders.

Full body workout

In a full-body workout, the rear shoulders are already sufficiently stressed by pull-ups. Just as the front shoulders are involved in push exercises, the back shoulders are always involved in pull exercises. Especially if you do other pulling exercises like rowing or lat pulldowns, there is no need for an isolation exercise for the back shoulders. In this case, an isolation exercise is more worthwhile for the lateral shoulders, since they are less stressed by push and pull exercises.

Split training

With split training, you can stress the rear shoulders much more than with full-body training. However, the rear shoulders are already more stressed by a higher number of pulling exercises. Therefore, a few isolation exercises for the rear shoulders are sufficient for split training. Additional exercises you can do for the back shoulders include bent-over side raises and face pulls.

Conclusion

Depending on the training plan you have, you can do more or less exercises for the back shoulders. In a full body workout, pull-ups are enough for the back shoulders. In a split workout, you can stress the back shoulders with additional exercises. Additional exercises you can do for the back shoulders include bent over side raises and face pulls.

Did this article help you plan your shoulder workouts? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments, I look forward to exchanging ideas with you. If you have any other questions about pull-ups, you can ask me there too, I’ll be happy to help!

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