Here's an exercise that has always confused me, but that is only because of two Mr. Olympias who recommend doing them in different ways.
Arnold Schwarzenegger recommends starting with your body parallel or even slightly lower and standing on a block so you can get a full stretch on the way down. In order to move the bar in a straight vertical line and keep the lats engaged through the entirety of the movement, straighten your body until you are slightly above parallel.
Here Arnie demontrates, check out :30 mark.
Now Dorian recommends a 45 degree angle bend in the body. He claims that it puts the lats into a mechanically advantageous position. Here we see a video of Dorian instructing Kai Greene on this exact issue when it comes to barbell rows. Kai and Oscar seem to be used to doing it more like Arnold, with the body closer to 90 degrees.
Here Dorian demonstrates.
3:25 mark it starts, but at around the 7:00 mark you can hear them discussing the difference between the two.
What are you guys opinions? Obviously there is no "right" way. Both champions had terrific lats, although Arnold did have much more development in the lower area.
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