Article: Lat Shrugs For Width

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    Interesting. I've been doing this ever since I started doing pullups with no other reason than to practice what Zir Red described as "tucking your shoulder blades into your back pocket." Didn't know it had extra benefit.
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    Wouldn't doing these on the dip station (assuming staying completely vertical) hit your upper traps more than lats?
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    Originally Posted by uvawahoowa View Post
    Wouldn't doing these on the dip station (assuming staying completely vertical) hit your upper traps more than lats?
    What the article is saying you should do is hang from a bar like you're going to do a pullup (or hang from the bar on a lat pulldown machine), and use your scapula to pull yourself up/pull the bar towards you without using your arms at all. Don't use your elbows, don't think about your lats right now per se, just use the scapula. You progress by increasing the range you can pull yourself/the bar by doing this scapular retraction alone. Finally, when you do pullups or lat pulldowns, begin the movement with this "lat shrug", then proceed with the regular movement.
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    For the lat shrugs on the dip station, doesn't this activate the upper traps more than anything else?
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    no, the upper traps will not be activated more. the concentric part of the movement is a downward rotation of the scapula. This movement will work the lats and the lower traps.
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    Originally Posted by uvawahoowa View Post
    Wouldn't doing these on the dip station (assuming staying completely vertical) hit your upper traps more than lats?
    Not unless you are pushing yourself into the ground. Bc you would be lifting your body into the air.. To use traps you would hVe to force yourself downward.
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