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MSM EXCLUSIVE: The Nine Pivot Points to a Beautiful Physique By Mr. Olympia Larry Scott Articles (Part 4)

THIS IS A MUSCLE SPORT MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE! Larry “The Legend” Scott has been revered for decades by fans of the Iron Game and was the first-ever winner of the Mr. Olympia contest, taking the first two in 1965 and 1966. He unfortunately passed away at the age of 75 on March 8, 2014 but his legacy lives on. We will be posting a series of  articles written by Scott that have NEVER been published before. We are honored to have been chosen and special thanks goes out to Leandro Cornejo.  


Nine Pivot Points 

“Scapula Rotations”

The King of Lower Lat Exercises 


In order to get this exercise correct you need a mirror right in front of a chinning bar so you can see what’s going on.

It’ll help if I tell you the same thing Lou told me. He said, “Larry, the key to catching on to this exercise is to think of doing chins without bending the arms.”


Quite frankly, it didn’t make any sense until I watched him do it. He would chalk up, put on chinning straps and with his hands facing away at about shoulder width he would get his palms as far over the bar as possible. Then hanging from the bar he slowly raised his rib box as high as he could as if he was trying to touch the chinning bar without bending his arms… all the time keeping his scapula slightly adducted (pulled in), then right at the top of the movement he would suddenly throw his lats forward real hard.

When he did this, you could see the very bottom of his lats jump right out at you. Then he would hold them… standing out… like the arc of a circle while he slowly lowered his rib box again. He would repeat this for about 20 reps.

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When he dropped off the bar the bottom of his lats had this funny little pumped shelf. You could stick a couple of fingers under it and… lift it up and down. It made you want to say, “my turn, my turn.”

Like I said, you’ll need a mirror to see what’s going on but once you get it, you’ll be so excited; you’ll keep it a secret. Because you can see the extra pump after just one set and its right down on the bottom where your “heart” starts to grow.

I can’t tell you how much fun it is see your body turning into a masterpiece.

Photo courtesy of Larry

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We decided to consolidate some of these parts and make it a four-part series.

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