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2004/03/12 01:44:57 (permalink)


For frankie's 5x5, on the pull day, i cant do wide grip pullups on my own power, and i heard somewhere here (i think it was from frankie) that lat pulldown machines were a waste of time. So, should i do the bent over barbell rows? In my gym we have a dip + chin assist machine where you put your knees on a pad, and you can get weight assist to be able to do the excersize. Which of these two is better, the bent over rows or the assisted chins? Or are they both ok?


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    RE: question..... 2004/03/12 09:18:16 (permalink)
    That particular machine isn't too bad IMO. You can use it until you become fully proficent enough to do Chins with bodyweight.

    I hope I don't get flamed by a hardcore anti-machine guy.
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    RE: question..... 2004/03/12 09:28:04 (permalink)
    BB Rows or Assisted Chins? Well, I would say that BB Rows are a better exercise than assisted chins, but having said that, I would still incorporate assisted chins into your routine as they're both different planes of movement, horizontal / vertical. You could cycle between both exercises every 8/12 weeks (carry on with assisted until you can do them unassisted as mb states).

    When I was doing 5x5 deadlifts I wasn't keen on doing barbell bent over rows after as my lower back was pretty hammered from the deadlifts. Other people have a different view and find that they're fine with this. I prefered either to do supported DB rows (or, of course, chins).

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    RE: question..... 2004/03/12 14:00:38 (permalink)
    I'm on 5x5 too, and on pull day I do deads, bent-over rows and assisted pull-ups (plams facing in) with the aforementioned machine. I find this a nicely taxing day. IMO it's a great help for those of us who can't manage unassisted reps.
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