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Kayak Rows


#1

Guys, I see this exercise mentioned over and over and can not find how to perform them? I can not pull up video here at work, so I need a description, Thanks


#2

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Step 4

Do same for the other side and then repeat for reps


#6

Thank you, got it


#7

Try to really "dig into" your lat and cramp it. Once you get a feel for it (trust me, you will know when that happens!) it's an amazing movement.

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#8

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#9

I seen a woman just doing the straight arm pull down portion and wanted to show her the rowing. I was to nervous to show her lol.


#10

Here are some videos (well, at least for those who can view them, sorry ATLRGC):


#11

Hahaha, first I've heard of these.

Loooks fun :slight_smile:


#12

I tried these after seeing the vids.

My first impression is that you really need to feel out your lat and have the "mind connection" to activate it.

I felt it mostly in the rear delts at first (the side portions, not the front pull down portion). Took a few times (and lighter weight) to make sure I could 'feel out' the movement.

Once you make that connection, it's pretty incredible. That was the only thing I changed for that particular back day and I felt it in my lats the next day like I haven't in awhile.

Again, wasn't with a lot of weight at first.


#13

Is it possible to keep a lat spread during the side motions?

And jus release for the middle pulldown


#14

Possibly a dumb question but why do Thibs & his "trainees" use the EZ style bar?

I don't think my gym has an EZ cable attachment (will check tomorrow)...has anybody tried it with a straight bar attachment or another bar attachment?

Thanks


#15

Doesn't work quite as well with a straight bar from what I've noticed


#16

+1 though I imagine it's just slightly less ideal & we'll still get a good contracetion when we're used to the exercise?

Ima try these next time I'm in the non-garage gym. Spose it comes down to how it feels for you personally regardless of attachment..


#17

Tried them today.

I think my mistake was doing them right after several sets of weighted chins. Even though my arms were perfectly straight, my biceps gave out before my back did.

I can see how they'd be effective, and will try them again in another workout...


#18

Try them as the first exercise in the workout.


#19

Love this exercise...new staple in my program.


#20

Started doing these too, definitely feeling it all over the lats. Great exercise.