What’s unique about the lat pulldown is it’s a compound exercise that works wonders for your lats, middle back, shoulders, and biceps. While it’s a basic upper body strength exercise that targets your upper back, it also improves stability in your low back and core. But in order to reap the benefits this dynamic exercise provides, you must execute it with impeccable form. Following these steps will not only help prevent injury, but also ensure you maximize the results of the lat pulldown and develop a much stronger back.
How to Do a Lat Pulldown
- Sit at a lat pulldown station or cable machine fixed with a straight bar. Grab the bar with an overhand grip a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Begin in a stretched position with arms extended straight.
- To begin the movement, draw shoulder blades down and back, then pull your elbows toward your sides as you bring the bar to the top of your chest.
- Pause briefly, then reverse the motion to return the bar. Move slow and controlled without using momentum.
Mistakes to avoid: Make sure you don’t round your upper back. Stay tall and maintain a proud chest. Also be sure to go through the full range of motion. The bar should come to your collarbone every time.
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