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    In this video, Coach Ty presents a comprehensive guide on training the latissimus dorsi (lats), a large fan-shaped muscle in the back. He begins with an anatomy deep dive, explaining the lat’s origination from the pelvis, sacrum, lumbar spine, and lower ribs, and its insertion in the upper arm. The lats’ primary functions are highlighted: shoulder extension, adduction, internal rotation, and horizontal extension. He notes the significance of different lat subdivisions (superior, middle, and inferior fibers) and their targeted training through specific exercises.

    For volume recommendation, Coach Ty suggests moderate reps (8-12) per set, with 2-4 sets per session. The frequency of training varies based on lifting experience, ranging from once to thrice a week.

    The exercise selection includes:

    1. Neutral Grip Pull Down: Focuses on shoulder extension in a neutral position, emphasizing full elbow extension and pulling to the clavicle.
    2. Neutral Grip Chin Up: A closed-chain exercise for strength gain and muscle growth, challenging for many but beneficial for lats.
    3. Ring Chin Up: Easier on joints due to rotating handles, suitable for those with wrist, elbow, or shoulder pain.
    4. Stretcher (John Meadows): Combines the benefits of vertical and horizontal pulls, emphasizing stretching and contraction.
    5. Lat Prayer (Minno Henselman’s Creation): Similar to the stretcher but without elbow movement, focusing on stretch and contraction.
    6. Pull-In (Doug Brignoli): Shoulder adduction exercise with external rotation for strong lat contractions.
    7. Straight Arm Pull-In: Similar to Pull-In but without elbow joint movement.
    8. Wide Pull Down: A less preferred option for shoulder adduction, as it doesn’t adduct against resistance.

    Coach Ty emphasizes vertical pulling for lats over horizontal pulling, explaining the difference in range of motion and effectiveness. The video concludes with a call for feedback and suggestions for future content.