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    How the hell can Iget my lats to pop out? I work them out but they are no way near as developed as the rest of my body. Thanks.


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    same here my friend. I just broke my back two weeks ago because of stress. I cant find result in 6 months training.

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    stop pulling with your arms! it takes alot of work. get your excersizes down and keep at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistonpump View Post
    stop pulling with your arms! it takes alot of work. get your excersizes down and keep at it.
    yer dude wen u do say rows let ur shoulders hunch on the way down and wen u pull back squeeze ur back and stick ur chest out works for me

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    I started noticing results from wide-grip pull-ups, but to Pistonpump's point you have to pull with your back. There is an exercise called "scapular row", it is an isolated move that focuses 100% on pulling with your back. Look it up, try it out, and notice the difference - scapular rows are supposed to be done in conjunction with another exercise.

    Note: I'm not a pro, just sharing what I've learned and has given me results.

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    I always heard that different pull ups and pull downs were more for width and rows are for thickness.So if your lats are lagging do some wide pull ups,close(v bar)pull downs,and stiff arm push downs,then a row or two,maybe t-bar rows with bb rows.Do the width exercises first.
    Pull ups helped me get the mind muscle connection going,they force you to be strict.I still like the pull downs for higher more controlled reps,or once i start wearing out on pull ups.When you do pull downs stay upright and pull down.Don't lean back and pull at an angle,i want to smack people in the head for this.It was designed to mimmick a pull up,so make it look like one.Let your arms lock out at top,it stretches the lats,i like to hold the stretch for a second or two.It helps blood get in there and will begin to hurt badly.Flex your lats too at home and stuff,i started doing this when i started getting some,and it helped.Later i read in a mag to do that cause it helps the mind muscle connection.

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    wide grip pullups and bent over dumbbell rows are your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    I always heard that different pull ups and pull downs were more for width and rows are for thickness.So if your lats are lagging do some wide pull ups,close(v bar)pull downs,and stiff arm push downs,then a row or two,maybe t-bar rows with bb rows.Do the width exercises first.
    Pull ups helped me get the mind muscle connection going,they force you to be strict.I still like the pull downs for higher more controlled reps,or once i start wearing out on pull ups.When you do pull downs stay upright and pull down.Don't lean back and pull at an angle,i want to smack people in the head for this.It was designed to mimmick a pull up,so make it look like one.Let your arms lock out at top,it stretches the lats,i like to hold the stretch for a second or two.It helps blood get in there and will begin to hurt badly.Flex your lats too at home and stuff,i started doing this when i started getting some,and it helped.Later i read in a mag to do that cause it helps the mind muscle connection.
    good point on the flexing. you must know how to flex your lats and do so because it will help the mind muscle connection like he said. When you say u want them to pop out what do you mean? width or thickness or both? do you have lats u just dont know how to flex/show them?

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    I have heard it's very common for guys to not know how to flex lats.A pro was saying in amateur shows theirs always guys that can't hit lat spreads,he was helping a guy with his lat problem.You need to have both width and thickness in the end,but you might need to play catch up with one or the other in the process.I'm sure thats what pistonpump means,just clarifying.

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    Yeah i want then to come out more so i can go for a wider look. I want lats like thig guy.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...na-fat_big.jpg

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    hmmm nobody mentioned this. instead of grabbing the pulldown or other bars (row, etc) normally, do it without your thumbs. What i mean is have your thumbs be on the same side of the bar as your fingers, rather than wrapping around the other side. Then visualize your hands as just hooks. This helps take your biceps out of the equation.

    The other thing you can do is work biceps first, then back. that will really help remove them from being active during the rows + pulldowns, but you will have to significantly reduce your normal working weights.
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    thank you everyone. i guess that how my genetics give me

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    I always use the "hook grip" after reading about a pro using it.Working bi's first sound's weird and backwards to me,i guess i would have to try it and see what happens(i do arms on own day though).Some guys do flies or pullovers to pre exhaust chest to make it easier to contract on presses,so that just sounds wierd to me.

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    Try working out back twice a week

    1st workout-
    deadlifts pyramid up to a weight where you can only pull about 6 reps
    T-bar Rows Keep it in the 6-10 rep range, 3 sets
    Barbell Rows Again do 3 sets of 6-10 reps

    2nd workout

    Close Grip pulldowns-3 sets, no less than 10 reps per set
    Low cable rows-3 sets, no less than 10 reps per set
    One arm cable rows-3 sets, 12-15 reps per set


    This program did wonders for my back development. It may sound weird but when I started doing deadlifts my entire body got more muscular and a lot stronger (including my then puny lats). I now consider my back to be my best developed body part.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thixotrope View Post
    Try working out back twice a week

    1st workout-
    deadlifts pyramid up to a weight where you can only pull about 6 reps
    T-bar Rows Keep it in the 6-10 rep range, 3 sets
    Barbell Rows Again do 3 sets of 6-10 reps

    2nd workout

    Close Grip pulldowns-3 sets, no less than 10 reps per set
    Low cable rows-3 sets, no less than 10 reps per set
    One arm cable rows-3 sets, 12-15 reps per set


    This program did wonders for my back development. It may sound weird but when I started doing deadlifts my entire body got more muscular and a lot stronger (including my then puny lats). I now consider my back to be my best developed body part.

    Good luck!
    That doesn't sound weird at all......it sounds just right.Thats why you always hear to sq and deadlift.......hard as hell very physically demanding execises,that will make you bigger all around when included into a well rounded routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I guess I gotta start doing deads
    do it man they are so helpful in alot of ways
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    That doesn't sound weird at all......it sounds just right.Thats why you always hear to sq and deadlift.......hard as hell very physically demanding execises,that will make you bigger all around when included into a well rounded routine.
    I know, but whenever I try to tell someone that they look at me like I'm stupid.

    "How can a squat or a deadlift make my whole body stronger?"

    Duh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
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    The other thing you can do is work biceps first, then back. that will really help remove them from being active during the rows + pulldowns, but you will have to significantly reduce your normal working weights.
    NEVER EVER EVER DO THIS. The back is a strong muscle(s)...you need your biceps not to give out before your back does. True you do things such as use straps or thumbless grips so as not to pull w/ the biceps instead of the back but that is entirely different then pre-fatiguing the biceps.

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    really never? I do it like 1 out of every 5-6 workouts, and it seems to work well. I wouldnt' do it every back workout, thats for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thixotrope View Post
    I know, but whenever I try to tell someone that they look at me like I'm stupid.

    "How can a squat or a deadlift make my whole body stronger?"

    Duh!
    People are stupid,they don't realise that big guys eat lots of food on top of lifting,they just assume everyone bigger is on roids.They just don't understand the foundation of becomming bigger and stronger.They prob sit back on their machines and cables shaking their heads as to why he attempts to sit down down and then stands back up once a week,and why he keeps picking that bar up off the floor.All the while thinking...see,he is on steroids,i work my bi's and chest every day,yet their much smaller than that crazy guy over their picking that bar up off the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    They prob sit back on their machines and cables shaking their heads as to why he attempts to sit down down and then stands back up once a week,and why he keeps picking that bar up off the floor.All the while thinking...see,he is on steroids,i work my bi's and chest every day,yet their much smaller than that crazy guy over their picking that bar up off the floor.

    You hit the nail on the head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I guess I gotta start doing deads
    You have to use proper form.If you don't know what to do it's very foreign.I have seen instructional videos and articles on how to do them correctly.Search a few to make sure their all basically the same,one might be better at explaining it then another too.

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    luckily at least my gym has the hex bars, so that helps keep form a little easier than with a bb
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    luckily at least my gym has the hex bars, so that helps keep form a little easier than with a bb
    hex bar? wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    thats what i was thinking. When ive used those i feel it more in my legs with a standard bb i get more work outta my back....anyone else notice that? or maybe its just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistonpump View Post
    thats what i was thinking. When ive used those i feel it more in my legs with a standard bb i get more work outta my back....anyone else notice that? or maybe its just me?
    Just looking at it makes me think you would use more quads than back. When you hold those bars at the side the forces exerted on you wouldn't be pulling you forward as in a traditional deadlift but more straight down which would more closely emulate a squatting movement.

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    Hmm true. maybe I should do em with just a bb then
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Hmm true. maybe I should do em with just a bb then
    If nothing else alternate the two...it couldn't hurt.

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    Weighted pullups

    use your back not you r arms to pull you up. Focus on the muscle as you are pulling. Make sure to switch you rgrips every couple of weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistonpump View Post
    thats what i was thinking. When ive used those i feel it more in my legs with a standard bb i get more work outta my back....anyone else notice that? or maybe its just me?
    A hex bar definitely works your legs more and back less than a normal barbell deadlift. With the hex bar you can keep your back almost perfectly straight up and down the entire time and use just your legs to lift the weight. With a barbell it is impossible to lift the weight with only your legs. Remember deadlifts are a back exercise, not a leg exercise. That's my opinion at least on this age old argument.

    I definitely feel that deadlifts are the best back exercise there is. Look at any powerlifter with a good pull and they will undoubtfully have an awesome back to go along with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Hmm true. maybe I should do em with just a bb then
    As far as proper form goes,the thing that helped me the most was to make sur my butt and back raised evenly at the same time,then straighten up at tghe end when you are standing.A lot of guys will start right,but once they start going up their but raises first or faster than their back.They end up doing a stiff leg deadlift.Once i read that was proper form,i made a concious efort to do that.They also said their's no need to roll your shoulders back at the end cause they should already be in that position from beginning to end.("Pinched"not relaxed and "sagging")

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    They also said their's no need to roll your shoulders back at the end cause they should already be in that position from beginning to end.("Pinched"not relaxed and "sagging")
    Unless your a powerlifter. I have read that if you can allow your arms and shoulders to completely relax that you can shorten your stroke by almost 6 inches. It allows you to start higher and finish lower. This isn't a very well known concept, but there are a few powerlifters here at home that easily pull 700+ pounds.

    But as far as us bodybuilders go I feel that contracting the back is important for back development.

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    There was actually a very good article in M&F a few months back on deadlifts. I was looking through it at the airport and it intrigued me enough to buy the magazine.
    While I am a puny guy I still do deads twice a week. I can tell you there is no other lift I do that comes close in intensity, even squats. When I finish a set my heart is racing, sweat is pouring and even at my puny work out weight of 265# I feel like an animal. A professional BB helped me a lot when I was getting my form down. The best two points of advice he gave me where to keep the bar as close to my shins/knees/thighs as possible through out the motion (I actually scap my knee caps most of the time) and to use a good set of straps so your grip does not hinder the amount you lift.
    While it is a brutal exercise it is the last one I would take out of my routine.
    If you gym has a power rack and you want to take the legs completely out of the lift you can always do rack deads. You will be surprised at the amount of weight you can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thixotrope View Post
    I know, but whenever I try to tell someone that they look at me like I'm stupid.

    "How can a squat or a deadlift make my whole body stronger?"

    Duh!
    I started adding heavy DB Deads and dead is a good name for them cause they kill ya!! I have never been so out of breath and sore all over! I love them now!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawaro View Post
    There was actually a very good article in M&F a few months back on deadlifts. I was looking through it at the airport and it intrigued me enough to buy the magazine.
    While I am a puny guy I still do deads twice a week. I can tell you there is no other lift I do that comes close in intensity, even squats. When I finish a set my heart is racing, sweat is pouring and even at my puny work out weight of 265# I feel like an animal. A professional BB helped me a lot when I was getting my form down. The best two points of advice he gave me where to keep the bar as close to my shins/knees/thighs as possible through out the motion (I actually scap my knee caps most of the time) and to use a good set of straps so your grip does not hinder the amount you lift.
    While it is a brutal exercise it is the last one I would take out of my routine.
    If you gym has a power rack and you want to take the legs completely out of the lift you can always do rack deads. You will be surprised at the amount of weight you can do.
    I forgot about keeping the bar close,i get scrapes and bruises almost everytime.I never get as close to truly blacking out as i do with deads,it starts to scare me sometimes I use straps too,but only when i need to,towards the end.I want Lee Priest/Frank Mcgrath forearms.I don't like rack deads personally.Thats how i got my first ever back pains,i can feel it creeping up when i try them which is how it happened the first time,it took a month or two to get bad.Deads are the most powerful manly feeling exercise you can do,only sex makes you feel as much of a man/god as deads do,and i don't get much of that.........deads are my friend
    (i would say keep it up and you'll be jitting twice that one day,but you already know that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    I forgot about keeping the bar close,i get scrapes and bruises almost everytime.I never get as close to truly blacking out as i do with deads,it starts to scare me sometimes I use straps too,but only when i need to,towards the end.I want Lee Priest/Frank Mcgrath forearms.I don't like rack deads personally.Thats how i got my first ever back pains,i can feel it creeping up when i try them which is how it happened the first time,it took a month or two to get bad.Deads are the most powerful manly feeling exercise you can do,only sex makes you feel as much of a man/god as deads do,and i don't get much of that.........deads are my friend
    (i would say keep it up and you'll be jitting twice that one day,but you already know that)
    When I start doing deads I was off just a tiny bit in my form and it reaked havoc on my back. When the pro at the gym worked with me the first thing he did was drop the weight I was doing and make me concentrate on form. Once you really got the form down rack deads are just an extension of the standard. I very rarely do racks because I am looking more for the whole package.
    Funny thing is how few people do them. I think I have only seen about 3 other guys at my gym do deads. About the same amount that do full squats...

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