Dumbbell Pullovers - Back or Chest Exercise

  1. Dumbbell Pullovers - Back or Chest Exercise

    I was always confused whether this was a chest or back exercise, so the other day I did a Gironda test on it.

    For those who don't know, Vince Gironda had a technique for figuring out exactly what muscles a particular exercise affected. You would dedicate an entire workout to 1 exercise, do an insane amount of reps with 80% of your normal weight, and see what got sore the next day.

    So I did 10 sets of 10 reps on this last Sunday. Here is the results:

    Biceps: Got a decent pump during, but no soreness
    Chest: Got just a little sore on the outside area of pecs
    Traps: Got a pretty good deal of soreness
    Lats: Got very sore
    Long tricep head: Felt like someone took pliers and tried to rip them out! Couldn't do my tricep workout 4 days later

    Verdict: Clearly a back exercise, or a cool way to bring up lagging long tricep head.

  2. I read in Stuart McRobert's Brawn that this was an excellent exercise to increase the upper skeletal frame.


  3. Future
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    Very much a back exercise.

  4. serratus muscles..... it ties the chest to the lat

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