IS THERE AN OPTIMAL PUSH/PULL RATIO FOR THE SHOULDER?
You may have heard people suggest that there is an optimal ratio of pulling to pushing exercises you need to do in order to prevent or even recover from shoulder injuries.
The more commonly spoken about ratio is that you need to do 3/1 pulling to pushing exercises for your upper body in order to maintain “shoulder health” and prevent injury.
Whilst it would be nice to have a predetermined ideal ratio of exercises to work towards, this is largely unfounded and will not apply to the majority of the human population.
Some reasons for this include:
So what should I do then?
Instead of suggesting people aim for a 3/1 ratio of pulling to pushing exercises, I've outlined couple of steps you could follow below, which might result in a safer and more effective outcome:
Whilst it would be nice if we could follow standardised guidelines, unfortunately these generally don't apply to the majority of the population.