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Not Feeling My Back Working


#1

Whenever I do back movements, such as lat pull downs, kroc rows, etc. it doesn't feel like I'm working my back. I haven't really gained any size like I have in other parts either. I'm just wondering what should I do to make sure I'm working my back as good as I can?


#2

I had this problem with most body parts, but particularly my back, and it wasn't resolved until I got heavier.

On back movements, try and focus on touching your elbows behind you (obviously this is physically impossible)., rather than contracting the bicep.


#3

x2

Let your arm be there along for a ride instead of doing all the pulling!


#4

Well, with tricep exercises, a trainer/lifter told me to flex my triceps when I did them. Could this apply to back lifts to? I think I heard this before, like trying to push your shoulder blades together or something.


#5

Iso-dynamic lat pull-down and rows really help feeling the back working: http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/mondays_with_thibs_you_dont_know_jack_about_your_back


#6

Really think about retracting your shoulder blades as you start and go through the motion. I find this really works for me.


#7

Thanks for the help, and that article too, I'll make sure to read through that.