Gym Entry #1
Dual Lat Pull Down-
For this exercise, I focused on achieving full contraction and held each rep for 3 seconds each. Doing this not only achieves higher contraction, but also goes a very long way to growing a higher rate of motor neuron connectivity. Doing this promotes far more growth of muscle than doing 100 reps with no hold. I also sat reverse from the cable machine, to target more of the upper lats. In bodybuilding, this position is best affiliated with the rear double bicep pose where the upper lats are squeezed.
5×8-10 with 3 second hold each rep
Reverse Grip Bent Over Barbell Row-
Now, for years I have done bent over rows with hands over the bar. This has always resulted in a strong back, and some great definition and size. However, my lower lats are still too high. So, to bring those lats down more, and create even more size WITH definition, I opted to try the reverse grip. I must say, this really changed the exercise! For one, reversing your grip on the bar limits the range of motion. Rather than being a negative, this limit actually ENHANCES the exercise! There was 100 times more contraction as the weight held constant tension, and the squeeze at the top was complete. I usually do about 185ibs to 315ibs on this exercise with hands over, but with reverse grip, or supine grip, I only did 125ibs for higher reps. I’m going for size, and not maximum one rep record breaking! Incredible exercise, and I highly, highly recommend you try it out!
4×8-12 with complete hold on top and slow on negative
T- Bar Row-
This exercise is for lowering the lats and creating thickness in the back. Primarily, it works the middle back, but also works all other muscles of the back, as well as, the biceps. An incredible exercise, this one does not require a lot of weight to be effective! Focus on the full squeeze and range of each rep and REAP THE BENEFITS! This is personally one of my favorite back exercises, and you most definitely should give it a try.
5×8-10 hold on top 2 seconds and slow on the negative
Wide Grip Lat Pull Down-
Normally I would perform this exercise with the standard cable pull, but my gym recently gained a newer free weight machine that I had to try. Nothing wrong with experimenting with new equipment! So this machine moves with the body. Some of you are probably familiar with these. Rather than being stationary, they allow for fuller contraction by allowing the seat move with the user. So I hopped on, and gave it a go. IM GLAD I DID! All my doubts were tossed out the window, my friends. I started slow, light, and focused on full contracting with really slow negatives. Then I had to break this machine in with some heavier weight! blasted with two plates each side, 2 or 3 second hold on the squeeze for each rep, and a brutal 5 second hold on the final rep of each set. REALLY CRUSHED IT! Since the feel of the machine allowed for fuller contraction, I switched things up a bit. First 5 or so reps I would do short range, full tension, slower reps, then switched to normal pace and normal range reps for the final count. This really got down to those fibers that are normally neglected by standard pull downs, and go a long way to creating size and definition.
And that was my back workout for the weekend. I normally do one arm dumbbell rows, but this particular night, I really wanted to go for the full squeeze and try some new techniques out. If you want more tips or questions on your current routine or want help structuring one out, contact me!
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