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    Question Arms limiting my back progress

    I've reached a point where I can't go heavier on my back workout because my arms get very tired doing BB rows, DB rows, pulldowns, etc.

    Should I keep working these exercises with the same weight until my arms catch up and then increase the weight?

    or should I devote a day to arms to catch up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minster
    I've reached a point where I can't go heavier on my back workout because my arms get very tired doing BB rows, DB rows, pulldowns, etc.

    Should I keep working these exercises with the same weight until my arms catch up and then increase the weight?

    or should I devote a day to arms to catch up?
    Could it be that you have been doing this exercise for that long that your body has now got used to doing those exercises and that it is now time for a complete change of back exercises, Is your form strict, are you getting enough food into you for energy and recovery
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    No offence minster - but your form is wrong if your arms are overtrained on your back workouts.
    Find someone that you can trust to give your form a look and give you some pointers.

    One thing that helped me was to do pull ups (Grip about two inches past shoulder width on each side) at the end of my back workout just to make sure I had stretched my muscle completely and that I had used all the gas in my tank. I didn't shoot for any amount of reps - If I got 4 the first set - so be it, 3 the second set - fine! Then I decided if I wanted a third set or not.

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    Yeah time to look at your form and change your workout mate.

    Definately add pull ups.

    If you're doing the exercise with strict form you're back will fail first I guarantee it.

    - With pull ups, focus on squeezing your lats together not pulling yourself up with your arms
    - Seated row, drop the weight and focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together. Do them real slow and controlled.
    - Lat pull downs, sit straight up and dont swing back when you pull the bar down..dont move your mid section and upper body at all.

    Give that a go
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