Muscles Worked in Back Exercises, Plane of Motion and Shoulder Path

I read an article, I believe by Thibs, regarding back training. Someone asked me a question and I am not sure I remember all the details, and I can’t seem to find it. I would rather refer them to an article from an expert than rely on my memory and have them doubt it.
What it talked about was, as my subject states, is the muscles that are worked in various back exercises, with horizontal pull, elbows flared and with elbows in front as well as vertical pull with elbows flared and elbows with elbows traveling out in front.
Does this ring a bell? I might be totally wrong on who wrote it, but I could swear Thibs wrote it.

thibbs started looking like Paul Carter? or is it the other way around?

I miss paul :broken_heart:

Well it feels weird correcting PC but yeah this is wrong.

Rear delt should be the same image as rhomboids/traps. But to work the rear delt, you need arm motion (humerus horizontal adduction to hit it the most).

To work the rhomboids and traps you need to have a scapula motion for their action is only on the scapula, nothing on the arm.

Lats and teres is good though, they have the exact same functions but this angle will hit the teres a bit more because he’ll go through full rom while the lats won’t

Note that in all images your lats, teres and rear delts will work for they share some functions (humerus adduction and “retropulsion”, meaning bringing the arm backwards in the sagittal plane)

The rhomboids and traps also always work at least isometrically to stabilize the scapula, and they will work more if there is a scapular motion during the movement (like when Arnolds lets his shoulders come forward during a cable low row)

I cropped out his name because I felt it was poor etiquette, but I also felt this answered his question. I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I’ll gladly delete it.

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I don’t think this offends anyone. At least it doesn’t offend me any - i cannot speak for CT or PC, but i tend to assume no offense is taken when speaking to adults. Likely a good reference for OP though!

It sounds like what you’re looking for, but it looks like @wanna_be might also have found what you are looking for. Anyways, I hope this helps!