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famol

Hi everyone,

I have a question regarding body type and exercise selection. Are there some lifts that a longer torso person should not perform? And are there some lifts that a shorter torso person should not perform.

For example I have a relatively long torso and I recently, and painfully, found out that I can't do bent over rows the way Arnold did them (with the extra stretch at the bottom). I think it is better if I perform them like Yates.

I also noticed that I have trouble deadlifting, especially getting the bar off the floor. However, I have no problems with full squats at all. Strangely I do have long arms, I always thought that was an advantage in the deadlift.

Do any of you have similar experiences with certain exercises?
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josh_pitts

Ontario, CAN

find what works and then do it
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medici

Spain

famol wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have a question regarding body type and exercise selection. Are there some lifts that a longer torso person should not perform? And are there some lifts that a shorter torso person should not perform.

For example I have a relatively long torso and I recently, and painfully, found out that I can't do bent over rows the way Arnold did them (with the extra stretch at the bottom). I think it is better if I perform them like Yates.

I also noticed that I have trouble deadlifting, especially getting the bar off the floor. However, I have no problems with full squats at all. Strangely I do have long arms, I always thought that was an advantage in the deadlift.

Do any of you have similar experiences with certain exercises?


Yates method puts more stress on torso involvement than lats. What's more, his reverse grip method accounts for how he tore his biceps tendon.

I've found that most people don't know how to recruit their lats. In those cases I put them on low incline benches with either dumbbells or a barbell, teaching them how to involve the lat by means of activating the scapula rather than the upper lats.

They not only cannot use as much weight but also end up with lats sore from origin to insertion for 3-5 days. Amazing. Same with pulldowns - begin with a scapular roll, activate lat/teres major, and lean slightly forward to engage those muscles. Again, profound lat soreness results.

The Yates method all but ignores the lat.

With chins, you've also got to take into account if your structure places more activation on the biceps or the lats. If biceps, leave chins alone.

The Nautilus pullover remains the best lat isolator around - if used correctly.

Single joint moves such as the pullover, Nautilus pullover, decline pullover with cable using triceps rope, and lat levers all help teach use of the lat.

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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

In terms of Deadlifting Im 6"4 and always had trouble getting the bar right off the ground. I was working out with Randy Roach who had a hand on my back to check my forum. I was working up to 405 on a trap bar and although I got it up the first thing he said right after the lift is you have a deadspot for about 4-6 inches at the bottom of the movement. My body leverage is just no good at the bottom.

To fix the problem I just got a bar with raised handles, or you could just put the plates on blocks up to the desired height.

Don't let someone tell you, you are just making it easier by moving it less distance, chances are you still are moving the weight through a greater distance then a shorter lifter. Also you will feel the ability to power through the lift which has resulted in more strength and size for me.

I still do some reps just in that bottom 6 inches with about 225lbs to keep some strength in that range.

Michael
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Growl

famol wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have a question regarding body type and exercise selection. Are there some lifts that a longer torso person should not perform? And are there some lifts that a shorter torso person should not perform.

For example I have a relatively long torso and I recently, and painfully, found out that I can't do bent over rows the way Arnold did them (with the extra stretch at the bottom). I think it is better if I perform them like Yates.

I also noticed that I have trouble deadlifting, especially getting the bar off the floor. However, I have no problems with full squats at all. Strangely I do have long arms, I always thought that was an advantage in the deadlift.

Do any of you have similar experiences with certain exercises?



Finding an exercise or two that really works well for you for each body part is something all lifters must do to be successful. Not everything feels good or works for everyone. That causes a lot of arguments. I'm still tweaking things and I've been at it for more than a couple of decades. I also have more muscle now than I ever had but am melting off the lard for a closer look :)
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a.adams

South Africa

I have some thing similar but with me it my squat thats weak and my deadlift thats strong. I can stop doing deadlifts for months and work hard on my squat increasing in strength by say 20% and then start deadlifts again and in one month its caught up and evens passed squat.

Another note I gym for size predominantly and a few years ago at the grand mass of 68kg I deadlifted a single of 130kg I think thats about 300lbs. I don't normally do tests of strengths like that, I was just inspired by the strong men I saw compete that day.
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