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.
That was always my issues with most back stuff, especially bent over rows. That's why I did the slightly lower weight pulldowns, really emphasising the stretch and the squeeze. It wasn't mind-muscle connection, but rather knowing how it feels to use the back muscles. Now I can use rows and pullups and really feel it all, much better than before.
I know it kind of goes against the ethos of this site, but it worked for me. I didn't have to do it but a few times.