I’m considering doing the StrongLifts 5x5 workout routine to build a foundation of strength. I noticed there weren’t any vertical lat movement, e.g. chin-ups. Instead, you’d only do barbell rows. So here’s my question:
Are rows sufficient for lat development?
When looking at the StrongLifts routine, there’s an imbalance at that exact point:
Squat: vertical pushing movement
Deadlift: vertical pulling movement
Bench press: horizontal pushing movement
Row: horizontal pulling movement
Press: vertical pushing movement
Vertical pulling imbalance
I was thinking of doing a variation of the routine where I’d incorporate chin-ups or supinated narrow-grip lat pulldowns. After all, I’ve kept hearing that rows build thickness, whilst pulldowns/pull-ups build width. There just seems to be an imbalance at that point, wouldn’t it be a smart idea to incorporate such a movement?