4 Exercises to Cure Imaginary Lat Syndrome
ILS (Imaginary Lat Syndrome)
…a common case of someone, typically a male, who believes they are rather muscular when in reality this isn't the case. Those with Imaginary Lat Syndrome can typically be seen walking uncomfortably while flaring their small lat muscles and tensing their arms in an attempt to look "jacked." In reality, it appears douchey and looks like a toothbrush has been shoved up their ass. Manlets are at high risk of falling victim due to overcompensation reasons.
Big Lats: What’s the Deal?
"When was the last time you heard someone say, 'Yeah, that guy’s in shape, but his lats are too big'? "
And apart from the aesthetic quality, the lats also have several vital physiological functions. Due to their sheer size and the fact they have numerous points of origin along the spine, the ribs, sacrum and scapular, all inserting at the humerus (upper arm), they take care of many different actions. These include adducting, medially rotating, and extending your arm from the shoulder joint. A stronger, more stable scapular and upper-back will aid shoulder stability, which is essential if you’re involved in any type of throwing sport.
Give Me the Prescription for ILS
"You could probably reel off eight, maybe ten, possibly even a dozen back exercises if pushed, but how many of those actually get you pumped up to go and train?"
1. The Mighty Chin-Up
2. Pull-Downs? You Serious?
3. Going Straight
4. Put Your Chest to Use
"Rowing the dumbbells up to your ribs will transfer the stress onto your traps and rhomboids, which isn’t what we want at the moment."
Lighting Up Lat City
- Week 1: 3 sets of 12-15 reps on all exercises
- Week 2: 4 sets of 8-10 reps on all exercises
- Week 3: 5 sets of 5-6 reps on all exercises
- Week 4: 2 sets of 20 using a light weight (This is essentially a mini deload)
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