External rotation with face pulls

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    Hey Joe,

    Do you always recommend external rotation with face pulls?

    I’m thinking specifically about training rear delts. I tend to prefer just pulling straight back almost in one plane without any rotation, sort of like a row. With this I feel my rear delt engaged a lot more throughout the range. With external rotation it feels like the tension falls off the rear delt a little bit.

    That might just be my perception but I’m curious if you think the rotation offers any additional benefit for the rear delts or more so for other rotator cuff muscles.

    And now I have to ask part 2: do you recommend including a loaded external rotation (or any loaded arm rotation) into training anyway? And what do you think the benefit is to training rotation and/or rotator cuff muscles? Will it affect shoulder development that much vs help prevent injury vs improve stabilization to train other muscles more effectively?

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