Professor X wrote:
I would never rely on deadlifts for the majority of any mass built on my upper back. That would mostly come from shrugs and rows. I don’t have anything against deadlifts, I just don’t see them as necessary and know way too many people much smaller than me who focus on that one exercise to their own detriment as far as making more physical progress. The dead lift can be addictive. That’s how so many people get into them. As a back exercise, it’s plain silly. Spinal erectors don’t make a majority of muscle mass on your back, and thus, the dead lift should be an accessory lift. Once a month, the week you de-load your spine from back squats.
I think it can benefit many people IN ADDITION TO those other exercises, but I get a feeling that popularity and mass following have overhyped just how necessary that one exercise is.
I would personally rather do T-bar rows, shrugs, lat pulldowns (or pull ups depending on what stage of training you are in…as if that really needed to be re-written) and seated rows.
Agree, as if you need my validation, right?
I don’t think one “back” movement (deadlift, chins, rowing) are better than the other…but in my opinion ALL 3 are needed to be done to cover the back development basis. Yes there is overlap in the movements, but overlap CAN be a good thing. It is for me.[/quote]
I really don’t think I stated that just one exercise is better than any other. Doing them all is the best recipe for success. Doing deads alone will not develop a back like doing many exercises for the back. Does that clear things up? For instance, I did conventional and sumo deads yesterday. Today, I did barbell rows, widegrip pull downs, cable rows and dumb bell rows.
Tomorrow, I’ll do some horizontal lateral raises. That, my friend, is a back assault.