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2004/03/12 18:02:26 (permalink)
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Lat pull down machine

When ecercising your back which is the correct way to use the lat pull down machine? bringing the bar to the front of your face or bringing the bar to the back of your head???
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    TheMasterPlan
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/12 18:05:40 (permalink)
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    I believe doing them in front is safer mate. Chin-ups, if you can do them, would be superior though.
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/12 18:16:55 (permalink)
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    thanks mate
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/14 23:59:06 (permalink)
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    In front is better. If u do it at the back, it puts a stress on ur cervical vertebrae which u sure dont want. Its better for u to do chinups if u can, they help build width alot faster. Even if u cant do many, try hard and do as many as u possibly can.
    Goodluck mate
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/15 11:41:59 (permalink)
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    i prefer chin ups, much more energy and strength is required than using the lat pull down
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/15 13:46:16 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Roon_dogg

    i prefer chin ups, much more energy and strength is required than using the lat pull down



    ..so why did you ask about the lat pull down machine in the first place?


    I agree with you, however, when I first started lifting weights I made great progress on the lat pull down machine in terms of back development.

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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/15 13:51:14 (permalink)
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    didn't realise that chin ups where an alternative for the lat pull down.

    I've made good progress by using the lat pull down machine over the last 4/5 months but now i'm gonna try the chin ups!!!! They seem daunting to start off with but once ya start u can't start!!!
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/15 13:59:14 (permalink)
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    When you say chin ups, presume you mean, hands facing away from you, shoulder width apart? TBH, I can never remember which is a pull-up (hands together facing you?) or which is a chin-up!

    Good luck with the chins! don't make the mistake I made when I first started chins though, and not warm up properly. Different from lat pull down is that you can warm up 50% of 8 rep max (or whatever reps you're doing), then 75% of 8 reps max, then do your work sets... - but with chins, you cant decrease the weight, and if you've never done them before, you might find it a very taxing movement


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    99wylfoster
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/15 22:30:00 (permalink)
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    skrewdriver, overhand grip does your back and underhand grip does your biceps i think.

    roon "once ya start u can't start", i think that u mean once u start u can't stop m8, lol!!!
    luke
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/16 05:27:09 (permalink)
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    You will find that with a wide grip (hands facing away) that you may only be able to do 3 or 4 full pull ups, but with time and work you will increase the number. With the lat pull down, have your hands about shoulder width apart, and lean back about 30-40 degrees. The lat pull down involves more prime movers then chin ups e.g. latissimus dorsi (both will involve this muscle) teres major, posterior deltoid and biceps brachii. Whereas, chin ups will only involve biceps and latissimus dorsi.
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    RE: Lat pull down machine 2004/03/16 09:40:57 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by 99wylfoster

    skrewdriver, overhand grip does your back and underhand grip does your biceps i think.

    roon "once ya start u can't start", i think that u mean once u start u can't stop m8, lol!!!
    luke


    yeah - I've found overhand - wide grip, will hit back moreso, still your arms are still very much involved and for some reason I feel my forearms are very involved too (same part of forearms that hammer curls hit(?).

    Underhand close grip hits biceps a lot more, but will still hit your back and to a significant degree, chest.

    I can just never remember if chin-ups refer to wide, or pull-ups refer to narrow?

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