I was browsing through some pullup articles on dragondoor.com and I found something that kind of surprised me:
“Worthless techniques 1) Wide grip pullups and 2) Pullups behind the neck. For some reason, boobybuilders think that a very wide grip makes for very wide lats! Ha! This is bogus for a few reasons, the first being the greatly reduced range of motion, the second being the greatly reduced leverage, and the third being the extreme stress on your rotator cuffs. Optimal leverage is extremely important in strength training.”
I thought wider hand position did help with wider lats (although I never knew why).
So do wide-grip pullups have any place at all? The article implies that: 1) they don’t give you wider lats, 2) they aren’t good for pullup strength training. Thus neither someone more focused on size nor someone more focused on strength should use them.
Can you all help clear this up?