Want to get more out of your deadlift, bench and squat? You may need more LATS. The lats play a huge role in all of the major compound lifts, as well as posture and other performance measurements.

One major flaw with lat isolation exercises is that…. well, people can’t isolate them. For example, DB Rows and Lat Pulldowns are classic back exercises that aim for lat development but often miss the mark simply due to improper technique.

Above is a great way to reduce the chance of error and increase your lat activation. In a hinged position, with single cable handles in each arm coming inward, you’re setting yourself up for a maximal contraction of the back. This “bar path” goes in line with the muscle fibers of the lats and allows for a more optimal training effect.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!