On Monday I met with a personal trainer. This sounds so fancy, but the only reason I went was because I got a free 1 hour session for my consistent attendance at the gym (also I’m guessing so I’ll sign up and spend more money).
I used my hour wisely. I explained to the PT that I want to do a pull-up. And, that I made some progress but I’d love more insight. I learned a few really helpful things.
- The Lat muscles are larger and harder to engage than I thought. I knew they were back muscles. But I didn’t know they stretched from under the armpit and all the way down to almost the top of the butt. I also didn’t realize I wasn’t engaging the whole muscle when working them.
2. It takes way more focus to work them than I thought. The PT had me do very simple exercises that brought awareness to me about how it feels when the whole muscles are engaged. If I stopped thinking about the Lats, I immediately went back to poor form, and wouldn’t feel it anymore.
3. Lat warm ups are a thing. Not only a thing, but something that I can do every day that will help me engage them and work them better. So it’s a small circuit of things that seem pointless but really do help. It consists of stretching them, pushing down on an object in front of me for a few seconds to engage them, rolling them out with a foam roller, and practicing hanging from the pull up bar. I know it sounds crazy, but after doing these things, I was sore the next day. Must be something to it!