Originally Posted by Trevor Lane
Then the question becomes, how much cheeting is acceptable? Legs will begin to take the load for the back involuntarily on heavy rows, unless they are chest supported.
Depends entirely on goals.
Going ultra heavy and heaving the weight has helped quite a few people bring up their pull from the floor, it gives the lower back a good deal of work.
Going light and concentrating on the back muscles also had it's obvious advantages.
What I don't agree with though is if people are rowing while virtually standing up, the so called Yates Row it's turning the lift into a bastardised Shrug. People who do that are just kidding themselves.
Also I don't agree with heaving and cheating the weight up if the goal is a strict contraction of the lats/traps. Again, people who do that are just kidding themselves.