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Old 03-04-2010, 07:41 PM   #11
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I need some new lat exsercises.... Really good ones that I'm gonna feel sore the next day. I tend to feel it more in my forarms then in my lats so its hard to up the weights I'm currently using for like Lat pull downs and what not> any ideas? I also started using lifting straps to help ease the strain on my forarms> it helps some, but still pretty painful.
Straps should help, also try to minimize any bending of the elbow.
If your lats are looking good then don't worry much about just getting sore,
I cant remember the last time my lats felt sore.

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Have you tried straight arm lat cable pulldowns? Less grip involved. More of an isolation exercise instead of compound. Really, anything new that hits the muscle a different way should make you sore.

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I'm a big fan of straightarmed pulldowns. I like to lean forward a lot more than the guy in the vid, lean forward and at peak contraction really tuck elbows in and squeeze.

I'm not a fan of switching movements often though, muscle adaption builds size and strength, not soreness. Switching movements just mentally changes pace for a lifter that feels their workout has become stagnant.
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Steve, I think I saw that she doesn't do DL's.

BTW KP, something as little as this can make a big difference on isolating the lats better on pull downs. Make sure you don't wrap your thumbs around the bar. Place your thumb on top of the bar. Not sure why, but it helps remove more bicep and place more on the lats.
This was going to be my suggestion. Makes a BIG difference.

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Have you tried straight arm lat cable pulldowns? Less grip involved. More of an isolation exercise instead of compound. Really, anything new that hits the muscle a different way should make you sore.

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^I do these-- I do really like them, I take more of a bend at the waist though to feel it a little more

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Do a crossover dumbell row, and really exaggerate the pause and stretch in front of your opposite foot

^^Haven't tried those... but they look awesome, I will definitely try them out! Thanks!

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Steve, I think I saw that she doesn't do DL's.

BTW KP, something as little as this can make a big difference on isolating the lats better on pull downs. Make sure you don't wrap your thumbs around the bar. Place your thumb on top of the bar. Not sure why, but it helps remove more bicep and place more on the lats.
I do DL... just not powerlifting. 90+bar is where I'm sitting with them right now. then I do slow and controlled with 60#DBs. I'll have to remember to keep my thumbs OVER the bar. I think I'm trying to grip it too much....


Thanks guys! Can't wait to hit back tomorrow after abs and zumba! I'll let ya know how I'm feeling!
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I'll have to remember to keep my thumbs OVER the bar. I think I'm trying to grip it too much....

Make sure not all your sets are super heavy. I like getting one or two sets in with slow controlled strict form (elbows all the way out to sides). If you go heavy, sometimes people use their whole body to get it started or their elbows start moving in which adds more bicep.
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