Are rows enough for lats?

Barbell rows and dumbbell rows are some very basic back exercises that are necessary if your routine is made up of just A-B-C, basic movements. Rows with a barbell really effect the middle back and trapezius while single-arm rows hit more outer and lower lats from my experience.

Are pull-ups the best exercise for lats?

Unlike chinups, which exert biceps more, pullups primarily target lats. Other muscles such as your triceps, shoulders and core play supporting roles. For a lat workout, try standard, wide, narrow or sternum pullups.

Can you build lats with rows?

Bent rows and chest-supported rows are great for general lat development, but when it’s time to find your level of relative strength (your strength in relation to your body weight) in the horizontal plane, there’s no substitute for the inverted row.

How do you get big lats with pull-ups?

Wide grip pull ups are the grandaddy of them all. Grab the bar with a wide overhand grip and tilt your head back as you pull your chest towards the bar. This variation really widens the lats and will give you that classic V taper. Avoid doing the “head nod” at the top.

Can pull up replace rows?

Can pull-ups be an effective replacement for rows? No, they are not replacement exercises. Certainly they are both “back” exercises, but pull-ups will tax your upper/outer lats more, while rows will tax your lower/inner lats more. You should do both for nicely aesthetic back development.

Which exercise activates the lats the most?

The authors found that using a pronated wide grip while pulling anterior to the head resulted in the greatest myoelectric activity of the latissimus dorsi when compared to widegrip pulldowns pulled posterior to the head, pulldowns using a supinated grip and pulldowns using a close grip.

How do I get wide and thick lats?

Hunting For Bigger Lats

  1. Straight-Arm Lat Pull-Down. This exercise really captures the function of the lat muscle.
  2. Seated Low-Cable Row. Get a full stretch in the extended position of this exercise by allowing your lats to stretch forward.
  3. Reverse-Grip Lat Pull-Down.
  4. Reverse-Grip Barbell Row.
  5. Close-Grip Lat Pull-Down.