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Author:  gracefool [ Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Types of stabilizers (eg. the role of the lats in pressing)

On the website there is no mention in the pressing movements of the role of the lats. However powerlifters know the lats are very important in the bench press (and to a lesser degree in the overhead press). It's often described as a "bounce" out of the bottom of the movement, utilizing the stretch reflex of the muscle.

Should the lats be considered some kind of stabilizer for the movement?

Author:  KenDowns [ Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Types of stabilizers (eg. the role of the lats in pressi

My trainer says so. Powerlifters are thick on the ground at his facility and they all say the same thing.

Author:  gracefool [ Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Types of stabilizers (eg. the role of the lats in pressi

But what's going on - do the lats actually do anything in the bench press, apart from stabilize the shoulder? Its the pecs that are stretched, not the lats... maybe they're getting bounce out of the compression of the lats?

Author:  stuward [ Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Types of stabilizers (eg. the role of the lats in pressi

http://70sbig.com/blog/2011/10/lats-while-benching/

Stabilization is what they do.

Author:  gracefool [ Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Types of stabilizers (eg. the role of the lats in pressi

Thanks for that stuward! Nice resource.

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