Depends so much more on what type, and even more so, how you perform the exercise.
Most people would say barbell rows are mostly a ‘back thickness’ exercise, but I find underhand smith BB rows, very strict form and squeezing it up into just under my bellybutton for a full count at the top, is the absolute best exercise I’ve found for my lats. Alternatively, wide grip cable rows, squeezing my shoulders back at the end, are great for my upper back.
Pullups/wide grip pulldowns I’ve never liked for my lats, feel it all rhomboids, but close, neutral grip, big stretch at the top, keeping elbows in front of me, squeezing it down but not necessarily bringing it all the way down to my chest, has been the best type of pulldown for my lats.[/quote]
Why do you think that underhand grip barbell rows give you best results? Is it because you can lift more weight with this grip or do you get more range of motion?
I wouldn’t use cables for upper back due to the nature of it’s power and “aggressiveness.”
I find it strange that you don’t feel your lats so much during pull-ups and chin-ups.
Definitely not the more weight thing, I should have mentioned that for pretty much all lat exercises, I do not care about weights used at alllll anymore, it’s so much more about feeling the muscles work. For some upper back work I still focus a bit on weight progression but still ensuring I feel it in the right places.
Underhand, for this specific exercise, just feels better for me, really pushing my elbows back and squeezing, kind of like the way bbers squeeze their elbows back right before doing a lat spread, if you know what I mean.
I know a lot of people say ‘wide grip for lats,’ but I’ve actually heard a lot of knowledgeable people say this really isn’t the case, close grip actually hits the lats much better.
OK, thanks for the explanation man.
The close-grip makes sense because you probably get more range of motion and time under tension.