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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Tap, Rack, Bacon ncsuLuke's Avatar
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    Good stuff, that was definitely helpful, will be trying that out in my next back day
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    I agree with the video with the exception of the forward lean at the waist for the stretch. That places the lower back in a compromised position and isn't necessary for lat development. You can keep the lower back flat and roll the shoulder blades forward a bit.

    In any event, a good video!


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    I agree with the video with the exception of the forward lean at the waist for the stretch. That places the lower back in a compromised position and isn't necessary for lat development. You can keep the lower back flat and roll the shoulder blades forward a bit.

    In any event, a good video!
    I was thinking of how to explain the same thing. I was always under the impression that you kept your back neutral and allowed your arms, shoulders to go forward. I've done it both ways and I'll be honest, it feels like a better workout the way you have it set up Allen...but the peoples on the internet say I shouldn't do it that way.

    I guess if you're using a weight were you are in control there shouldn't be a problem either way, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    I agree with the video with the exception of the forward lean at the waist for the stretch. That places the lower back in a compromised position and isn't necessary for lat development. You can keep the lower back flat and roll the shoulder blades forward a bit.

    In any event, a good video!
    The only way the lower back would be compromised is if you do not hinge at the hip (like a Romanian deadlift) and keep the low back with its natural arch and just round the low back. In that aspect I agree, but if performed correctly leaning into the weight (within reason) will provide a greater stretch in the lat and provide more overload. But the key is definitely correct technique.

    As log as you don't do the movement with your ego like a lot of guys do and use the stretch position as leverage for just momentum and you stay in control slightly leaning forward can be beneficial.

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