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Most People Fail To Work 50% of Their Muscle Tissue!
Did you know that even bodybuilders neglect half the
muscle tissue in the body?
It doesn't take rocket science to build bigger muscles.
However, it does take a certain knowledge and application
of that knowledge in the gym and in your diet.
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Fitness Tips For 5/18/2016
Building Your Lats A Smart Approach
If you want to be as broad as a barn, you want to target your lats.
Big lats translate into a broad back and are the foundation of the
super wide V appearance of the upper body. If you want to be broad,
you have to load your lats up strongly.
Loading the lats is crucial, but it is just as critical to do so
smartly. There is a good way to load the lats and a way that is not
so productive. Knowing the distinctions can make a big difference in
how well you stimulate your lats.
Front or Back
When working the lats for width, there are two particular exercises
that are employed – the wide grip chin-up and the wide grip lat
pulldown. And there are two ways to perform this move – to the front
of the body, and to the back of the body. You probably see both
styles employed in the gym.
The best way to load the lats with the chin or lat pulldown from an
anatomical perspective is to pull to the front. Why? Because it puts
less stress on the shoulder girdle. Research shows that a higher
degree of stress hits the rotator cuff as it attempts to stabilize
the head of the humerus when the arms are pulled to the rear position
in the chin or bench. In such a position, this area is more
vulnerable to injury.
On the other hand, pulling to the front doesn't put the shoulder
parts in peril. So from an anatomical approach, chinning and lat
pulldowns are best done to the front.
Gironda was Correct
That's fine for the anatomical question, but what about the muscles?
Vince Gironda advocated chinning to the front in general and a super
deep pull to the sternum in particular. As usual, Vince was both
ahead of his time and also correct. It turns out that chinning to
the front does a better job of activating the lat muscles than does
chinning to the back. That's what research indicates, and it is true
for lat pulldowns as well.
What chinning to the front does is give you a wider range of motion.
And a wider range of motion helps you build a wider back.
If you are really bold, give Vince's chinning to the sternum a try.
It also works on pulldowns as well.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
The lat pull-down exercise with wide-grip hand position brought to
the front of neck produced greater muscle activity in the latissimus
dorsi than any of the other hand positions studied. This finding
supports the use of lat pull-downs to the front to maximize muscle
activation of the lats.
Stress on the shoulder joint is an important factor as well.
According to a study published in the Strength and Conditioning
Journal more stress is placed on the rotator cuff in order to
stabilize the head of the humerus. This forces the rotator-cuff
muscles to work harder to stabilize the joint, making them
vulnerable to injuries such as tendonitis and pain.
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