1. Do them correctly!

The first progression for most people is to simply perform the exercise with correct technique.  The most common errors I see in folks’ technique are:

•Forward head posture

•Elbows drifting behind the body (scapula doesn’t retract, so the lifter substitutes extra movement of the humerus)

•Hip sagging (the body doesn’t stay in a straight line)

If you’d like some quick refreshers on how to make these look good, check out the video above.