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Unveiling the Real Cause behind Stunted Lats Growth

by Gym Slacker

The REAL Reason Your Lats Won’t Grow!

Lifting Heavy Weights: Not the Only Solution

Have you ever wondered why your lats aren’t growing despite lifting heavy weights? Well, the answer might surprise you. While heavy weights can certainly build strength, they often rely on momentum to move the weight. This means that your lats may not be getting the full range of motion they need for optimal growth.

So, what can you do to fix this issue and finally see those lats grow? It’s all about making some simple modifications to your workouts and focusing on key factors that contribute to muscle growth. Let’s dive into the details!

Commanding the Weight with Full Range of Motion

One of the first things you can do is decrease the weight you use in your back workouts. This may sound counterintuitive, but it actually allows you to have better command of the weight in space. By using lighter weights, you can achieve a greater stretch and contraction, realizing the benefits of full range of motion. This increased range of motion unlocks the potential for muscle growth.

Training to Failure and Beyond

When using lighter weights, it becomes even more important to train your lats to failure in higher rep ranges. As the rep range increases beyond 12 reps, training to failure on each exercise can lead to better gains and more hypertrophy. Push yourself to the limit and reap the rewards!

Exercises for Optimal Lat Development

Now, let’s talk about specific exercises that can help you optimize your lat development. These exercises not only target your lats effectively, but also take them through a full range of motion.

1. Rocking Lat Pulldown – This unilateral version of the standard lat pulldown allows for a greater contraction of the lats by abducting the target arm. It’s a fantastic exercise to add to your routine.

2. Kneeling One-Armed Pulldown – Another unilateral option, this exercise requires lighter weights since you don’t have the assistance of the other arm. It challenges your lats in a unique way and promotes full range of motion.

3. One-Arm High Cable Row – One of the all-time favorite back exercises, this exercise targets one side at a time and takes you through a full range of motion. It provides a hard contraction and allows you to put the muscle on full stretch at the top of each rep.

4. Straight Arm Pushdown – This exercise effectively targets the lats by providing a good contraction and stretch. To further enhance the stretch, try performing the exercise in a kneeling position.

5. Underhanded Pulldown – A simple tweak to the standard pulldown, changing the orientation of your hands on the bar accentuates the stretch on the lats at the top of the rep. Don’t underestimate the power of small adjustments!

Unlock Your Lat Growth Potential

If you’ve been struggling to build your lats, it’s time to make some changes. By focusing on full range of motion, training to failure, and incorporating exercises that target your lats in unique ways, you can unlock your lat growth potential. Remember, it’s not just about lifting heavy weights; it’s about maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts.

For a complete workout program that specifically targets lats and helps you build the back you desire, head to athleanx.com and use the program selector to find the training plan that matches your goals. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sculpt those lats!

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ATHLEAN-X™ June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

“FAST ACTION” Q&A* – Leave your most burning question about this video or any other training, PT or nutrition question within the first 2 hours of this video’s release (AS A SEPARATE COMMENT!!) and I will pick 8 to get a detailed reply from me right here in the comments. Answers will be posted within the first 24-48 hours of you leaving the question. Good luck!

Tobi Vega June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Let‘s be honest, the best lats exercise is a good machine. Where the hands are close at the top of the movement (stretch) and further apart at the bottom (avoidance of biceps takeover). Both hands should be able to move individually, so there is no risk of muscle imbalance.

Seva June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

#AxJeff Is breathing pattern during weight training a thing??

RedemptionGaming June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Hey Jeff, first of all great video. Can you do a back workout program for those of us who have a back injury? I have slipped disc L5 S1 and ever since my injury I rarely train my lower back. Can you please help

Sav June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Jesse, that back flexion difference from "before" to "after".. You literally doubled your size, good on you brother! Keep with it

Brijesh Shukla June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Thank you for these videos Jeff. You help a lot of people out with these.

Gary Green June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Thanks Jeff. I picked up the Dumbbell Tripod Row you show in one of your other lat videos. I don't have any cables in my gym. I have a bench and freeweights. Do any of your other videos show ways to grow lats without cables? Thanks – Gary

John Jordan June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

You have no lats

jamesk8s1 June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm


AL theDoctorWho June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

I have no choice as far as going heavy Because I have a few outstanding problems so I go lighter and every once and a while do a few almost max.maybe 3 to 5 reps. Getting pumps are hard for me because of my age. However I seem to be cutting up.Thank you Jeff I find your advice very helpful. c];-)

Vedarth Selat June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Jeff, do we have to retract our shoulder blades while doing single arm lat-pull down (or any other exercise in order to make it lat focused)? Please let me know.

Jim Frantzisson June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Thanks for this video Jeff, we've learned a lat

Haji Abdullah June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

What do you have for the lower back

William Mcclamb June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

You are always on point on how to train.keep them coming for our evolution

Matias Benjamin June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Differences between one arm pulldown and one arma high row pls:(

PonyCar Resurrection June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

There is a point past the burn, past failure, past lock up, past the swing cheat, when the weights are weightless, a a hundred more reps live.

Eric Solberg June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Says the tiny man. If you truly want to see those gains increase your weight and go full throttle, up those calories and you will see real sexy in the mirror bay beee! Lol

Teddy Chalgren June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

💥High quality content on this channel. Many thanks, Jeff.

Philip Janifer June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Thank you

Christian More June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Woah Jesse! Nice

Questionable June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

I'm learning something new, and I am grateful for what you doing man, thank you!

A Smith June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Is there a pdf printout of these exercises?

I'd love to take these to the gym

Adrian Mendoza June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

They aren’t growing bc your pull ups are killing your gains

Reddead June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

From experience if a muscle won’t grow you’re not working it hard enough.

Ludwig June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Cuz you're not eating P.E.D.s like these guys, getting a good lat spread naturally is almost impossible, especially if you have to work for a living.

Mikey Chillz June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

have you been on joe rogans podcast yet?

Blanked :3 June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Great, now I just need to find something to pull down on….

PunchOut24 June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

This guy is Shredder IRL

doboy. Q June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm


Ray Leonard June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Question,can I do this on a pullup bar?

Bimmer Dan June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Just go surfing lol

Sum Teng Wong June 18, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Breaking your back is killing your gains!


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