This is why I read, live, and breath T-Nation!!Pulldowns = Mental Weakness
Pulldowns = Mental Weakness
by Mike Boyle
Know what I really dislike? People who can do a pull-up or a chin-up but still do pulldowns. Why does this bother me? Because in my mind it shows mental weakness.
Every article on back training written since the dawn of time says that pull-ups are far superior to pulldowns. So why do people still do pulldowns? One reason: they’re easier.
My females are better at chin-ups than many males I know. You know why? Because we have accepted the reality that it’s better to pull up than to pull down. No excuses in my book.
When I spoke to Eric Cressey he cautioned me to not make this look like a rant. Again, many readers are probably saying, “I know pull-ups are better than pulldowns.” If you know, why don’t you do them? Why don’t you make your clients and athletes do them? I’m writing the same stuff I wrote twenty years ago. We need to create change, and change begins at the top. Testosterone Nation readers are some of the most sophisticated, so I’ll gladly preach to this choir.
By the way, I also hate writers who refer to pulldowns as lateral pulldowns. “Lat” is short for latissimus, not lateral. It’s an amazing display of ignorance and poor editing when I see a book or an article that refers to a “lateral” pulldown.
Thirdly, I despise those who do behind-the-neck pulldowns. The only way anyone can make a case for behind-the-neck pulldowns is if they said it was a combination lift that worked both the lats and the rectus abdominus.
It is people like BOYLE< THIB> JOHN!
Is why I read AND SUPPORT Biotest!!
LET THE UNDERPRIVERLIDGED BE HEARD!! (DNA and NATURALY speaking!)
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