Thanks for the kind words everyone. I’m adding muscle right now. I’m trying something different and doing 3 week mini-specialization routines. Halfway through arms at the moment. I haven’t trained for hypertrophy for roughly 2 years now… all my training has been for strength. It feels great to get an awesome pump again. Hopefully I can add a decent amount of size this summer.
@bignate… yes my lats are definitely a weakness. I don’t really do any rows on a regular basis, I usually either deadlift or do some sort of deadlift variation. I don’t do nearly enough chinning exercises either. As soon as I finish this arm routine in 10 days I’ll post some more pics and then I’m going to add in a dedicated back day and hammer the shit out of my lats once a week. I’m also determined to increase how many pull-ups I can do in a row (10 right now) to 20 by the end of the year.
you were doing strength work and not doing a shit load of rows…you read t nation and dont do a shit load of row!!! ROW ROW ROW, dude even just to balance out all the pressing, plus once you get way better pressing strength having a big back, and it will help u DL. End of story, ROW
I have a friend that can deadlift 650 at 214 bodyweight with just a belt and he hasn’t done rows in years. The only thing he does to improve his deadlift is deadlift… he literally does no assistance work whatsoever. Not trying to say I shouldn’t row I’m just saying they aren’t necessary to get a huge deadlift.
But now that my goals are more physique oriented I definitely will start rowing like a beast once a week.
im not saying row for your deadlift, im saying row so you have back muscle and dont fuck up your shoulders from not balancing out your training. Your still bigger than me so do what ya will, just surprised you do no rowing as im sure you bench and OH press