Initiating with movement vs muscle

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    Cosby Yeung
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    Hi, so my question is is there a difference between initiating a rep by contracting the muscle then leading up to the movement vs doing the movement and let the muscle contraction happens as a result?

    I ask this question because I have a very hard time activating my trap (middle and lower specifically) and I use Joe’s cut to retract the scapular. However my coach told me that I should think of using the muscle first (middle and lower trap) and use that contraction to pull the scapular together instead of the other way around.

    I usually do this to all other muscle group as I find a better feel (higher recruitment) to a movement in this way, but it seemed to contradict the cue Joe give (pulling shoulder blade together), thanks!!

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    Simo Matikainen
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    You have to remember that when you are doing any row or pulldown you are not moving the weight very much with your traps as they dont connect to the arms at all.

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