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The Effect of Grip Width and Hand Orientation on Muscle Activity During Pull-ups and the Lat Pull-down

Leslie, Kelly. L. M. BSc (Hons); Comfort, Paul MSc, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 75–78
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318282120e
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SUMMARY: HAND ORIENTATION (SUPINATED, NEUTRAL, PRONATED) AND GRIP WIDTH ARE COMMONLY VARIED DURING PULL-UPS AND LAT PULL-DOWNS IN AN ATTEMPT TO FOCUS THE TRAINING ON SPECIFIC MUSCLE GROUPS OR TO ENSURE THAT THE MOVEMENT IS SPECIFIC TO THE SPORTING ACTION. THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE WAS TO IDENTIFY IF VARYING GRIP WIDTH AND HAND ORIENTATION EFFECTS MUSCLE ACTIVITY DURING PULL-UPS AND LAT PULL-DOWNS. IT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED THAT USING ROTATING HANDLES DURING PULL-UPS OR USING A PRONATED GRIP DURING LAT PULL-DOWNS TENDS TO RESULT IN THE GREATEST ACTIVATION OF THE LATISSIMUS DORSI, WITH NO DIFFERENCE IN LATISSIMUS DORSI ACTIVITY BETWEEN GRIP WIDTHS.

Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy, School of Health and Social Care, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Kelly L. M. Leslie is a graduate from the Sports Science program at the University of Salford.

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Paul Comfort is the program leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford.

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