Eureka! Combining something Lori mentioned on another thread about poking your lats for muscle recognition with something I read by Covert Bailey a long time ago about fatiguing a muscle for muscle awareness, I tried something new.
Partly on purpose, partly by accident, I kept doing things where I KNEW I was engaging my lats -- for sure! I did that all day long, in addition to starting back to Total B/R after a couple weeks off. The result was lats significantly sore enough to REALLY know it when they are engaged.
My entire workout was so "lat-centered" as I made slight tweaks in form here and there throughout the whole thing, until I could REALLY tell my lats were working. I could not believe what a difference it made. Even doing DD later, I was amazed at how moving my elbow back and down just a little TOTALLY engaged my lat while working my gluts. It was so easy to tell when my lats were working.
I think I'm going to have to try this once a month or so, just to continue improving lat engagement. Hmmm...wonder what muscle I'll try next![)]
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