Cable row & Lat pull-down questions

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    Sep 25, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    Two quick questions...

    1. I'm used to cable row machines which have the cable parallel to the floor, at just-above bench height. The fitness center I was in yesterday had a cable row machine with the pulley at about shoulder-height, so that the cable came down at about a 45-degree angle, rather than being parallel to the floor (though the user was still seated on a bench). What's the difference? How does the angle change the exercise in this case?

    2. What's the practical difference between a front lat pull-down (i.e., in front of the head) and a rear lat pull-down (behind the head)? This site seems to emphasize front, but my personal trainer made a point of telling me he preferred rear.

    Thanks!
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    Sep 27, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    FitExecutive saidTwo quick questions...

    1. I'm used to cable row machines which have the cable parallel to the floor, at just-above bench height. The fitness center I was in yesterday had a cable row machine with the pulley at about shoulder-height, so that the cable came down at about a 45-degree angle, rather than being parallel to the floor (though the user was still seated on a bench). What's the difference? How does the angle change the exercise in this case?

    2. What's the practical difference between a front lat pull-down (i.e., in front of the head) and a rear lat pull-down (behind the head)? This site seems to emphasize front, but my personal trainer made a point of telling me he preferred rear.

    Thanks!


    I don't think I've ever seen a 1., so I don't know about that. But never do pull-downs behind your head. The movement is super unnatural (when do you EVER move like that in real life?), and it's really easy to blow a rotator cuff doing that.
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    Sep 27, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    Thanks UFJocknerd!