HOW THE LATS WORK
Latissimus dorsi translates from Latin as the ‘broadest muscle of the back’, and indeed it is. Your lats contribute mightily to the V-shaped back ideal you are probably pursuing. It is the larger, flat, dorso-lateral (back-side) muscle on the trunk, and behind (posterior to) the arm. The trapezius, another large back muscle that is essential to a well-developed back, partially covers the lat. And as you’ll see, a number of other muscles are needed to let the lats do their most important job – making you look good!
THE PROBLEM WITH STRAPS
Dr. Warren Willey is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician with more than 25 years’ experience in exercise and nutrition. Dr. Willey did his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic and is the medical director of a medical weight loss center and primary care office. As a D.O. (doctor of osteopathy), Dr. Willey received the same rigorous and lengthy training as an MD. But osteopaths are trained to evaluate the entire patient holistically, especially the connection between the musculoskeletal system and health. In fact, a D.O. may receive up to 500 hours of additional training, much of that time focused on the musculoskeletal system.
STAY FOCUSED ON THE SET, NOT ON YOUR HANDS
If you don’t know what “knurled” handles are, you certainly know how they look and feel. They are the handles you love to hate. They are the barbells, dumbbells, lat handles and chinning bars sporting the sharp metal points in a “diamond cut” pattern designed to keep your hand from slipping from the metal.