Originally Posted by conceptionist
You may be right.
A common technique in the deadlift is to pull the shoulders back and down with the lats to keep the upper back tight. So perhaps not their "function".
Yes. This is what doesn't make any sense when lifters say that lots of rows and big lats are good for balancing out pressing volume. Both just lead to internal rotation. I think strict rear delt work like face pulls are more effective for that purpose.
I do a set of pendlay rows every time i bench, but I also do chest flyes, DB chest presses, dips etc and don't always match it with an opposing back movement. But some of the other non-lifting activity I do works the back pretty heavily but doesn't do much for the chest. My working weight for rows is almost exactly matched with my bench right now, although my PR for bench is a good bit higher.
What are some good exercises for shoulder mobility? I've realized that my flexibility there has fallen behind other areas (i.e. legs). I've started doing shoulder dislocations, door frame stretches, and the thing where you lock your hands behind your back after every lifting session.