Lat pull downs: In front or behind the neck

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  1. Duncan

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    I like to do 4 sets of 15 wide grip pull ups and then head over to the lat pull down and do 4 sets behind the neck. Today, one of the 'trainers' at my gym told me that I could pinch a nerve in my neck doingt hem behind the neck and that the same benefits are attained by leaning back slightly and just pulling to the chest.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. turbage

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    medium weight...just squeeze
     
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    I personally do rear pulldowns, I always have. I've never done front pulldowns, might have to try it out. BTW I have never heard anyone say they pinched a nerve doing rear pulldowns, it sounds like it could happen if some retard tried to pull a very high weight.

    Just use weight that you feel comfortable with and you should be fine.

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    rear pulldowns always bug the shit outta my shoulders
     
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    i like doing pulldowns with an underhand grip, anything else hurts for some reason
     
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    if i do them behind my neck, my shoulders end up really sore... not the good kind of sore

    that being said, i stick to in-front-of-the-neck pulldowns
     
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    I do front, but in pur's routine he also advocates rear in addition to front (but with less weight)

    different strokes for different folks
     
  8. The Boy Bastard

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    It's not so much pinching a nerve as it is excessive strain on the rotator cuff in most individuals.
     
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    if you do it with the correct form, and you have no problems doing it, then do it. it is not the same as a front pulldown leaned back. it will have more potential for injury, so if you're scared then don't do it.
     
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    just do both. if it works then continue doing it. if it doesnt work then dont do it.
     
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    wide, close, overhand, under, behind, etc. ive done them all for 2 years and going. havent had any crampings or spasms. i use the bb-er technique (milos sarcev) where u pull down with elbows and try to make half circles going down.
     
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    +1.

    It kills my shoulders.... And while doing them it just doesn't feel right.

    I do overhand grip in the front both wide and narrow, and then I do underhand grip for wide. Seems to work well.
     
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    Agreed. With the sports-specific programs for baseball I've done in the past they only let you do front pulldowns due to the rotator cuff strain of the behind-the-back method.
     
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    I was told behind the neck isn't a natural motion and it isn't a good exercise b/c the risk of injury is much higher.
     
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    theres a million fucking exercises for back. if behind-the-neck bothers you, dont do it, simple as that. jesus christ
     
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    Yeah, like I said, while doing it you can actually feel how un-natural the motion is. I don't like it at all.
     
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    It does hit the biceps, but it also does a lot for the lats. When I do lats on my back day I can feel the difference between doing an underhand grip and not doing an underhand grip. You just have to lean back a bit more to take some strain off of the shoulders (helps for me at least).
     
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    if you keep your elbows forward everything is fine. LIke stangorized said above you guys have continual sand in the vaginitus. What works for one person may not work for another!!
     
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    underhand targets the bicep and the brachialis a lot more
     
  22. Phineas Q Stork

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    i have no lats so perhaps there is your answer
     
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    i switch it up

    wide overhand
    wide neutral
    close-grip neutral
    close-grip underhand

    always in front of the body though
     
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