No deadlift at all - has the world come to an end now??? But seriously, deadlifting is far from a must and a combination of other movements can even give better results for back hypertrophy and strength! Best exercise for upper lats is close grip Gironda lat pull on a pulley machine, or medium grip pull-down to chest. If you are VERY strong you can also do pull-ups with a pronated grip, but almost nobody is strong enough to isolate their lats by doing pull-ups anyway. Then you need to hit lower lats and traps and bent over rows standing on a block for more stretch is excellent, but it may affect lower back same as deadlifts, so chest supported T-bar rows or dumbbell rows with knee and hand on a bench is probably a better option. For lower back/posterior chain you can do reverse hyperextension on a roman chair or bent legged good-morning, but be careful if you have a lower back problem, remember that lower back will also be hit by other exercises such as squat…
Last edited by Gorbag; 08-01-2013 at 09:50 AM.
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