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1 Killer Lat Exercise To Build A WIDE Back: "Lat Pull Ins"
Basic pull ups, pulldowns and rows have always been the basic bread and butter for those who want to build a wide back, and although these are all fantastic lat exercises in their own right, today I want to introduce you to a very uncommon lift that just might be superior to them all.
They're known as "lat pull ins", and if you really want to build a wide back with lat muscles that really stand out, you definitely need to give these a shot.
Performing cable lat pull ins is pretty simple...
First, place a bench or box that you can sit on a few feet from a cable machine. Set a single pully high up on the machine and grab it using an underhand grip. Place your upper arm at a 45 degree angle and then pull the resistance inward toward your side until you feel your lats contract. Repeat for 5-12 reps.
I only started using these pretty recently, but I'm now convinced that they're one of, if not THE best lat exercises out there to include in your lat workout. You can certainly build big lats using the standard pull ups, pulldowns and rows, but including a lat pull in somewhere in your routine will definitely give you some additional gains.
This is because, unlike most traditional back exercises, the lat pull-in aligns the pull of the resistance with the direction that the fibers of the lats run. If you look at the basic anatomy of the lat muscles, you'll see that most of the fibers run at about a 45-70 degree angle. The lat pull-in trains the lats through this exact angle, allowing you to get the deepest contraction possible.
Give this lift a try and see what you think. If you're serious about getting the best lat workout possible and want to build a wide back as effectively as you can, I guarantee you'll be very impressed with these.
So this is an alternative to pull ups/pull downs or to any other horizontal movement exercise?
seen it before but never get to do them
Hey Sean, what do you think of the seated row with a close grip as a lat exercise?
I also found a video by Matt Ogus about a Lat Pulldown Variation and I'm interested what you think of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImATh1ZTffc
Tried it out yesterday, while doing the excersise i was like meh, not that good, but than in between the sets my lats felt pumped as shit... crazy sore today as wel hahaha
I tried this one for the first time today, all i can say is, thanks man??