Interesting article from Jordan Syatt via Fitocracy. I really enjoy Jordan’s perspective especially since pound for pound he is an incredibly strong individual.
When I first started training all I ever heard about were the lats.
They were endlessly touted as the key to improving The Big Three and – according to the strongest lifters in the world – once I learned how to use my lats my strength would drastically increase.
In an effort to target this elusive muscle group I tried every exercise imaginable; variations of Pull Downs, Chin-Ups, Pull-Ups, and Pullovers encapsulated my programs while I slowly gained size and strength.
Despite my relentless focus I couldn’t feel my lats. My back grew and strength slightly increased but, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t feel my lats doing the work. As a result, my technique regularly broke down and I hit sticking point after sticking point without making significant progress.
Then, during one unforgettable training session, I finally felt my lats.