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Old 01-07-2008, 04:09 PM
EricT EricT is offline
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I agree with ENORRIS. All this talk about rows but I put pullups right up there with rows any day of the week. They are just as improtant to me as rows.

Shit, Cradler, I saw your edit. It's not that bad. It's just that searching youtube for one video with "good form" is an exercise in futility. You'd probably need about 10 vids so you could pick and choose good "form points" from among them.

I think he's craning his head forward as he pulls the bar, Pity. So yeah, he moves his head. He does end with the upper back arched but it is because he seems to be conciously arching the back rather than using the correct movement.

It would also be better to have someone demonstrating good form with ligher weights rather than showing how heavy the can go. Heavy weights and best form are mutually exclusive.

Nobody has perfect form Not me, not you, not anyone. I think that it would be really good for all of us not to assume that the next guy has it all together perfect. If I have someone check my form I would rather them to find something I can improve on rather than tell me how great I was doing.

Hops pointed out one big problem. It's like he is trying to set up for a row but really ends up just pulling the bar up with his arms. Of course it's hard to tell just from a vid but the chest stays down the whole time. Not only does it stay down the whole chest and shoulder area are pulled down and forward and he compensates the heavy weights and lack of ROM by sort of meeting the weights with upper body bending. Hard to explain but just look at what Hops says about the chest not coming up. At the completion of a row the upper torso should be up, the chest spread out, the scapula pinched...he's almost got the opposite of that going on. There is no use doing shit heavy weights when you end up doing basically a different exercise.

Besides what it all end up looking like there are several specific points that lead to all of this.

1. This whole issue of body angle has gotten out of hand. It's like parallel vs. 45 degrees vs. whatever else has become the holy grail of rowing instead of how to friggin row in the first place. If you think a little bit of difference in body angle it going to make your break you than good luck on that.

In the vid, he is so low, and he pulls his body forward and down before each rep to the point there seems to be no tension in the muscles at the beginning. It is hard to muster any type of strength in any endeavor when you start out loosey goosey. Better to have a higher body angle and pull up on the bar initially to get everything tight than to concentrate of parallel (or lower) and have it loose.

2. Shoulders should stay down and tight during rows. The problem here is that he has confused scapular elevation with scapula protraction. He moves his shoulders up (toward the bar) in order to get his scapula to ride up and then down.

Watch closely what he does with his shoulders and scpuala before each rep. He is putting his shoulders in a much less stable postion. Either this is just a misunderstanding or it's the only way he can do it which would point to a disfunction in scapular motion.

Your shoulder shoudn't move around like that. The scapula come forward not up. Look at it like the opposite of retracting them, or pinching them together during the bench press. You move them arpart and forward along the rib cage. You should be able to do this voluntarily and then you can generate a little bit of it by pulling up on the bar to get some tension to protract the scapula. Don't overstretch the muslces. Very bad mojo.

3. The chest does not come down so much that you are hinging the upper back. The upper back was not meant to be a pivot point. The chest comes up at the end due to the motion of the scapula coming together. Not because first you bend the back forward and then bend it backwards.

Yes, some people teach this and if your want to keep doing it I can't stop you. But if you end up with mid or upper back issues just know that those people aren't going to help nurse you back to health

The only difference between rows from the floor and rows not from the floor...well, that is the only difference. One starts from a dead stop on the floor. One has constant tension. Obviously the torso angle changes but good lord this has become a mountain out of mole hill. They both have their advantages and drawback. I am continually disturbed by everyone saying they only do "pendlay" rows.
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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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