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    Straight Bar Pulldowns?

    Does anyone regularly include straight bar pulldowns in there back workouts? If so, is it best to start the workout with that or use it as a finisher movement? Also, does it work the upper or lower lats?


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    It’s an isolation exercise that targets the upper portion of your lats. I use it regularly and like it. I save it for the end of my back workout usually. Start with pulldowns - wide grip and close grip. These exercises expend a lot of energy and that’s why I usually start with them while my back is fresh.
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    Try and find an old Nautilus pullover machine. It’ll work the lats the same way but you’ll be able to move MUCH heavier weights and build them much better.

    http://www.leeapperson.com/bookone/pullover2.jpg

    If you feel like completely exhausting yourself, superset with higher volume deadlifts.

    If you don’t feel like killing yourself, do hammer strength iso high rows or dumbbell one arm rows.
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    I like to use the pullover machine to start to preexhaust lats and then do all the pulls after.

    Iso machine followed by strict heavy dbell rows will torch the lower lats.

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    Hand positioning determines what part of the back it works.

    Reverse close grip will work lower, wide works the top. I like to superset starting with wide first then to close.

    Put it in where ever you like. If you're warming up, go lighter with some reps, if your in the middle of your routine, lock your legs in and pull your ass off

    Keep it mixed up.
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    I like to start with pull-ups and then perform all my rowing exercises and finish with close, wide, reverse grip pulldowns.
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    Changing angles and widths is the key to a well rounded back so I think we should all be using all the bars the gym has to offer. I like pullups and the straight bar but they do put a little more strain on the bis.

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    I use them at the end of my back workout, but I just go with overhand and a little wider than shoulder width grip.
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    Awesome! Thanks for all the info, I got a better idea of when to do them now.

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    I use it, sometimes as a warm up, sometimes as a pre exhaust, sometimes I’ll superset it with pull ups or pulldowns but usually i use it as a finisher. I believe it’s a great exercise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan69 View Post
    I use it, sometimes as a warm up, sometimes as a pre exhaust, sometimes I’ll superset it with pull ups or pulldowns but usually i use it as a finisher. I believe it’s a great exercise
    Awesome, thanks for the helpful info. I'll work it in my routine somewhere.


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