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    If you had to pick between the two...

    If you had to pick between the two which exercise is better for the lats and back: Lat pulldowns (either wide or close grip) or seated cable rows?

    My work schedule will be hectic this month so my lifting time is limited to 1-2 days a week.

    If I was putting together a program, which one should I use to get the best results (lat width, thickness, etc.)?

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    Pull ups....wide grip. Even if your not strong enough to do them, like I am, you can do the negative portion........I think it works the best.

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    I would go with seated cable rows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMike J
    I would go with seated cable rows.
    I can't believe you didn't agree with me! I am so never talking too you again. hahahahaha

    BigGreen suggested the pull-ups too me and they've worked out great......and I had zero lats before. I had been doing rows and lat pull downs for a long while and needed something to jump start growth.

    BigMike....yuo know I'm just kidding right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juggy Snout
    I can't believe you didn't agree with me! I am so never talking too you again. hahahahaha

    BigGreen suggested the pull-ups too me and they've worked out great......and I had zero lats before. I had been doing rows and lat pull downs for a long while and needed something to jump start growth.

    BigMike....yuo know I'm just kidding right?


    My post might be a bit biased.. i love seated rows.

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    Well if you do pull-downs behind the neck then seated rows are much better. But if you do them infront then either one is good. I do both but sometimes do not do the seated. Why not switch between the two?

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    Throw aaway the machines and do pull-ups, weighted if you can, better than the other two. Throw in some bent over rows also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juggy Snout
    Pull ups....wide grip. Even if your not strong enough to do them, like I am, you can do the negative portion........I think it works the best.
    Agreed... I used to do pull-downs, and noticed a difference myself...

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    Pull ups hands down. Any time you move your body though space its gonna to affect the area better than being stationary.. Thats why squats are better than leg press.

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    pull-ups are the best. if you cant do any start with the pulldowns and work your way up.

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    Why does everyone say pullups are better than pulldowns?

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    Pull ups are better than Pull downs. Pull downs are easier than pull ups. I can do weighted pullups for 12reps with a 75lb dumbell chained to me at 255lbs. I can do almost 400lb pulldowns.

    I do nothing but free weight movements with lats.

    wide grip pull ups
    reverse grip pull ups
    Barbell rows
    Dumbell rows

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    pull ups/pull downs are way better than seated cable rows. mix it up every now and then to get best results

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    First thing I hit for back is pull ups, first set do as many as possible (wide grip, smooth and controlled), then I keep doing sets until I can only get one rep. Worked for me. Then hit the weights and machines for isolation.

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    deadlifts.

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    and the winner is mass quest,your time is limited so don't waste it. DEADS

    Build mass,...pullups make you wider..

    deadlift over all thickness.."time is money without the change".

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