One Secret Technique for Wider, Thicker Lats
One of the most sought after, attractive and powerful features of the upper body is a wide v-tapered shape. Think back to the greats, Larry Scott, Frank Zane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, what did they all have in common? An incredible v-shaped physique with wide thick lats coming down to a tiny chiseled waist. In this article I’m going to share with you one secret technique for wider, thicker lats.
If you want to learn how to build an iconic physique and turn your lats into some thick slabs of meat, you need to read this article…
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Most Challenging Muscle Group
For most lifters in the gym, especially newer lifters, the lats can be one of the most challenging muscle groups to fully engage and activate during training. This results in under-developed lats and a blocky, unimpressive upper body.
When training arms, legs or pecs, it’s easier to really feel them working and get some solid activation, but when it comes to trying to target the lats, usually the biceps and forearms end up taking over and feeling the burn.
So how do you get better engagement in the lats for better gains?
The secret technique that is going to be the most effective cue you can use to build up that big V has to do with the mind muscle connection. I’m sure you’ve heard of Arnold talk about the mind muscle connection and feeling the pump in the muscle you’re working. That’s what you need to accomplish in your lats to really get the gains you’re after, but how?
In order to feel as much direct tension on your lats as possible while limiting the interference from surrounding muscle groups taking over is to focus on pulling the weight with your elbows rather than your hands.
Pretend that you hands are just hooks that are attached to the weight and instead of pulling with your hands, imagine that your forearms and hands don’t exist; focus on just pulling your elbows back.
If you can wrap your head around this idea and focus on pulling with your elbow instead of your hands, with enough practice you’ll start to feel a significant difference in how well you’re able to activate and engage the lats during your back exercises.
Use this technique on all of your pulling movements for the back: pull ups, pull downs, rows and pullovers and you’ll be building thicker, wider, more impressive lats in no time!
If you’re still finding it hard to limit the involvement of your biceps and forearms and they seem to be taking over on every movement, you could improve the effectiveness of this technique by utilizing lifting straps on your back exercises. Lifting straps will help to remove your grip from the equation so you can focus on feeling your back and lats working instead of your forearms.
Bottom Line on Wider, Thicker Lats
The bottom line if you want to build thicker, wider lats is you need to be able to properly recruit the fibers in your lats and get full engagement. In order to do this you need to establish a better mind muscle connection to feel your lats activating and working hard every set.
By using the secret technique of pulling with your elbows rather than your hands and forearms you can significantly improve your ability to activate the lats. If still having issues with recruiting your lats, you can utilize lifting straps to further remove forearms and biceps from the equation.
Employ this simple technique in your next back training routine and you’ll start to see and feel the difference right away.
Time to build that wicked v-tapered physique that draws eyes and gets caught in door frames!
– Tyler Johnston “The APE Coach”
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