Having problems working out lats

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  1. Voltaire

    Voltaire New Member

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    For some reason, whenever I do rows or chest pull, I never feel it in my lats, only in my biceps and forearms. I've even tried using lower weight (35 lb), and still nothing. :wtc:

    I read on bb.com that it's part mental, you have to see your hands as hooks... - doesn't seem to work either

    Suggestions appreciated.
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    widegrip pulldowns is the only lat exercise i can really feel them with. i usually don't feel them much in rows, but my numbers were increasing and they seemed to grow anyway.

    soreness != growth though
     
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    what made a difference for me on rows was using my fingers as hooks instead of gripping the bar tightly

    also pretend you are trying to pinch something with your shoulder blades, you can even have someone poke you there while you do a set. it helped me get into the grove better
     
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    what exactly does "pinch" mean? I see it on machines all the time. :hs:
     
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    imagine you are trying to pinch something with your shoulderblades :dunno:

    the thing that really worked for me was that someone put there finger inbetween my shoulder blades for a set and i tried to "pinch" his finger with my shoulder blades

    man that sounds gay :o
     
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    I do it in two movements.. I flex my lats then pull them back.
     
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    squeezing your shoulder blades together isn't a function of the lats
     
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    This is very simple.

    You need to tense your lats before ever even beginning to move the weight, this is a fundamental thing you should do for every rep on every exercise. Grip the handles just hard enough to hold on to them and then instead of thinking of PULLING the weight back, simply try to push your elbow backwards as if all the weight is behind your elbows and you need to push it back, you will definitely feel it in your lats then and if you don't then your lats and muscle control simply aren't developed enough.

    And lat pulldowns are for pussy's... weighted pullups ftw.
     
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    Widegrip pullups, or lat pulls.
     
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