This is not really a question so much as it is just something I am interested in, I started doing rows after a year of not doing them because I never felt them in my back, this may of been down to tight hips and hamstrings that did not let me get into the right position to correctly set the lift up.
I have been rotating slightly above 90 degree ( but not those almost stood up rowing to the belly rows that Yates did) barbel row with the pendlay row with my greyskull LP program and I am slightly confused about something.
I read here on TNation that the Pendlay row got the highest on the EMG tests, yet when I do them with no momentum with good solid form I just do not feel these in my back and on the odd occasion I do it is in the upper back and rear deltoids and I have no muscle soreness in my middle back.
When I do just above 90 degree barbell rows rowing and touching inbetween my chest and upper stomach I get a large pump in the very middle of my back, no lat activation, no upper back or rear delt soreness to speak of either, just a very strong pump and later DOMS in my middle back.
I have heard wildy different outcomes and I am starting to wonder how uch individual mechanics plays a role. I have seen videos for example of people doing the eact row I do and saying it hits their lats, others say it hits upper back and rear deltoids.
I have also seen videos of pro bodybuilders with enormous backs doing rows that a person on here posting a video of them would be ridiculed for or more likely, kindly advised to go learn how to row because of.
I am guessing Jy Cutlers form works for him, because he looks amazing, I am guessing Dorian Yates rows work too because he looked pretty impressive too and I guess pendlay rows work because I have seen some strong ass guys with thick backs use those rows.
But what i don’t get it why some variations won’t work for some people and other people love them. It seems odd that the human body can have such large biomechanical differences that mean one persons bad form is another persons great form.
What barbell rows do you gys feel in the middle back?