Do push ups work your lats?

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Do push ups work your lats?

Post by uggy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:42 pm

According to exrx . net/WeightExercises/PectoralSternal/BWPushup.html

the lats are not involved.

Yesterday I did 5 sets of 20 push ups and woke up with my lats sore. I wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks

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Re: Do push ups work your lats?

Post by stuward » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:54 pm

Many stabilizers are used in many exercises that are not listed just because the list would get too long.

From the notes page:
Stabilizer muscles may not be noted if:

- muscle is used for hand grip or standing
* This decision was made to to avoid listing muscle groups used in most exercises.
- muscle is not intensely utilized during exercise
In the same way, I find back squats hit my rhomboids but they're not listed.
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Re: Do push ups work your lats?

Post by uggy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:47 pm

stuward wrote:Many stabilizers are used in many exercises that are not listed just because the list would get too long.

From the notes page:
Stabilizer muscles may not be noted if:

- muscle is used for hand grip or standing
* This decision was made to to avoid listing muscle groups used in most exercises.
- muscle is not intensely utilized during exercise
In the same way, I find back squats hit my rhomboids but they're not listed.
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense now.

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Re: Do push ups work your lats?

Post by RobertB » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:58 am

Yea I was looking for an excuse for my piss poor weights on curls (I dont really care about curls, but I was shocked at lowering from 22k to 16k) after doing 3x25 dumbell rows. I thought I'd find on here that DB rows also work the bicep, obviously you try your best to avoid involving your arms but ... anyway... the rows seemed to affect my curls and I havent really got an excuse as to why - perhaps its my form. I dont really care anyway since it hits my back just fine.

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Re: Do push ups work your lats?

Post by tyciol » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:32 pm

Were you doing very deep push ups? I think the lats become involved if you go very deep and the arm goes into hyper extension (elbow behind shoulder) because the lat doesn't hyperextend since it's shortest with elbow at side, so going behind the body would actually stretch the lat and I think at that point the lat becomes a shoulder flexor but only for returning it to neutral position.

At that point though, since all the normal flexors (front delt, pecs) are stretched out, they use all the assistance they can get, plus the lats can take over the adduction role to keep the elbows in tight right?

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Re: Do push ups work your lats?

Post by uggy » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:00 pm

tyciol wrote:Were you doing very deep push ups?
I was pressing up from when my nose touches the floor.

Thanks for the extra info it makes a lot more sense to me now. :)

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