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Beth66
05-08-2006, 12:21 AM
The full-body routine in the stickies calls for lat pulldowns (underhand). How far apart should my hands be when doing these? If I hold the bar out wide, there is a lot of twist and strain on my wrists and forearms. If I hold the bar in close (closer than shoulder width), my wrists feel OK, but I feel the exercise almost exclusively in my biceps.

Thanks

DeeDee
05-08-2006, 01:08 AM
I hold the bar at about shoulder width, I do feel pulldowns a little more in the bicep with this grip, but not exclusively. You may be too narrow with your grip.

christie
05-08-2006, 01:13 AM
Mine are just about shoulder width.

clsupnorth
05-08-2006, 02:53 AM
Mine are shoulder width apart, but I definately make sure to concentrate and 'feel' it coming from my back.

Leah
05-08-2006, 02:55 AM
Shoulder width or closer, wherever feels most comfortable for you....it would be similar to chin ups

Kristen
05-08-2006, 07:41 PM
I'm glad you asked this, Beth!

What about overhand lat pulldowns? Bad?

Erik
05-08-2006, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by Kristen@May 8 2006, 03:41 PM
I'm glad you asked this, Beth!

What about overhand lat pulldowns? Bad?
Not bad, just a bit different.

Kristen
05-08-2006, 08:48 PM
What about grip with overhand, though? I've been using a slightly-wider-than-shoulder-width grip.

Beth66
05-09-2006, 12:47 PM
What about grip with overhand, though? I've been using a slightly-wider-than-shoulder-width grip.

I hold overhand wider than shoulder width. I hold the bar just at the bend. I probably should hold it out wider, all the way out on the hand grips.

Erik
05-09-2006, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by Beth66@May 9 2006, 08:47 AM

I hold overhand wider than shoulder width. I hold the bar just at the bend. I probably should hold it out wider, all the way out on the hand grips.
No, you should probably not. I'd even hold it in closer than you are.

What's your rationale for wanting to go wider?

Leah
05-09-2006, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Thunder+May 9 2006, 08:48 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Thunder @ May 9 2006, 08:48 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Beth66@May 9 2006, 08:47 AM

I hold overhand wider than shoulder width. I hold the bar just at the bend. I probably should hold it out wider, all the way out on the hand grips.
No, you should probably not. I&#39;d even hold it in closer than you are.

What&#39;s your rationale for wanting to go wider? [/b][/quote]
Agree w/ T there....

PowerManDL
05-09-2006, 01:41 PM
I generally stick to shoulder width or closer. My RC thanks me for it.

Robben
05-09-2006, 02:36 PM
If a person wanted to they also could try a neutral grip (palms facing each other) when doing a lat pulldown. Another trick of the trade when doing lat pulldowns is not to lock out the elbows during the movement. When the elbows are locked out it takes the tension out of the upper lats and puts that tension on the shoulders. The only other thing is when doing a lat pulldown is do not let yourself pause during the movement, let the weight go back slowly as the arms extend and let the lats do the work. Remember, do not lock out those elbows.

Almost forgot, another exercise that would work the low central lats would be a bent over barbell row... Bent over barbell rows, superset with lat pulldowns would be a one, two punch to the lats.

Kristen
05-09-2006, 03:32 PM
Thanks, guys. I had a sneaking suspicion that wide grip might be undesirable, and I have no wish for RC problems&#33; I&#39;ll keep it to shoulder width or narrower.

Pandora
05-09-2006, 04:19 PM
I, too, stick to shoulder width apart.

absolut_blonde
05-09-2006, 04:27 PM
I aim for narrower than shoulder-width... have some RC issues and read from people here that wider grips placed more stress on the area.