Fitness Tip of the Day: Exercise Opposing Muscles

Balance your strength by making sure to train opposing muscle groups

For many of us that try to stay active we are commonly either doing bodyweight exercises such as push-ups or bench pressing in the gym.

Having a strong chest (pectoralis major) is great, but you also want the opposing muscle group to be just as strong; for overall strength and also for good posture (you don’t want your shoulders rolling forward).

As we strengthen our chest muscles we also need to strengthen our posterior muscles, or rear deltoids, rhomboids and the mid-traps. These often overlooked muscles are literally the only thing opposing the very large chest muscles. 

Exercises such as reverse flys and rear delt rows are a good starting point to strengthen your rear delts while other types of rowing movements can be used to strengthen the other opposing muscle groups!


Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.


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