Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DVD Review - Lats: The Super Muscles


About two months ago, I posted a short video about improving the overhead squat - somehow I thought my "insight" into external rotation and lat involvement with the exercise was something special. Watching Master RKC Mark Reifkind's video Lats: The Super Muscle, I am once again reminded of the humble "beginner's mind", as I usually am when I listen to great teachers. Rif covers everything I wanted to say in Squat Rx #22 about extension, spiral tension, and so much more.

Rif begins his presentation with a rundown of latissimus dorsi anatomy and function and follows that up with many drills and exercises that engage the lats and encourage strong and healthy movement. It is a solid hour and a half of knowledge that will help you swing better, press more strongly, and improve shoulder health, t-spine mobility, and hip function - and all that from a four letter word for a powerhouse of a muscle.

Honestly, when I heard the title, I thought "Huh? Super Lats? Has Rif gone all bodybuilder on us?" I didn't think there would be a whole lot of new material for me to chew on. I could not have been more wrong! I was not a believer before, but I am now. If you've ever, ever wondered why the lats help your press, this DVD will lay your questions to rest. If Jeff O'Connor's warning that "the ears are shoulder poison" ever had you scratching your head, this DVD will end the itch. If you ever wanted to know why your lats are sore after doing a lot of push-ups, look no further - Rif has the answers.

At $29.95, "Lats" is an absolute bargain. It is available from Dave and Laree Draper's website at davedraper.com

11 comments:

jockeRKC said...

Nice one =)

Mark Reifkind said...

Boris

thanks man, couldn't ask for a better review!

Boris said...

Thank you gentlemen!

Ed said...

Purchased it based on your recommendation. It had better be good! :) Aiming for smoother movement and improved technique. - EdK

Boris said...

Please let me know what you thought Ed. I'm pretty sure you're going to love it.

vinnie said...
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vinnie said...

Your recommendations in the past I have profited from in life and in training. I watched the portions of the video on Mr. Draper's site and applied "squeeze the sponge" cue doing push-ups and shadow presses, the difference was felt immediately. Eliminating or avoiding shoulder injuries through the exercises you weren't aware of pique my attention even more, I anticipate that I and others will benefit far more than cost of the product as you have.

Boris said...

Thanks Vinnie. I don't get a commission for DVD sales - I just think it's a great product.

vinnie said...

This DVD is an absolute savior. I utilize his teaching doing back squats, barbell presses and body weight dips. The shoulder press was done at slower rate than usually because I was constantly thinking of the cues; squeeze the sponge, initiate the move with the lats, pull my shoulders back and once the lift is overhead pull the bar down, so today's session was about learning and that I did. The experience was enlightening and I can't wait to applied his teachings in other movements. I am glad I made the purchase.

vinnie said...

Rif's advice is more than worth the cost of the DVD! Those of you who haven't purchase this DVD are clearly missing out on invaluable information. Reifkind advice will have you lifting more, getting more results, and reducing to eliminating the potential for injuries. Most importantly, you will enjoy lifting with his advice.

Boris said...

Thanks Vinnie - I'm glad you liked it!