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Lat Pulldown

Exercise Machine / Beginner
  • Lats
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Forearms
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How to do the Lat Pulldown - Learn Proper Lat Pulldown Form

  1. Step 1: Place your knees under the provided pads. Position the pads so that your thighs are not able to raise up off the bench.
  2. Step 2: Grasp the lat bar with a little wider than shoulder-width grip. This is the starting position.
  3. Step 3: Begin exercise by pulling the bar down to your upper chest. Focus on using your lats to pull the bar down and not your arms.
  4. Step 4: Slowly reverse movement back to starting position. This completes one rep.

Lat Pulldown Variations and Lat Pulldown Alternatives

  1. Variation 1: Move your hands to the outside of the bar to perform a wide-grip lat pulldown.
  2. Variation 2: Move your hands close to together to perform a close-grip lat pulldown.
  3. Variation 3: Perform a neutral-grip lat pulldown with a bar that has handles on the ends.

Lat Pulldown Tips

  1. Tip 1: Keep your core tight.
  2. Tip 2: Control the weight as you let your arms back up. Allow your arms to go back to starting position after each rep to get a good stretch in your lats.
  3. Tip 3: Don't flare your elbows out when pulling the weight down.
  4. Tip 4: Do not rock your body back and forth in an attempt to pull the weight down. Use lighter weight if necessary.

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Lat Pulldown Muscles Worked

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Lat Pulldown Equipment

Lat Pulldown Training Details

The lat pulldown is a exercise machine exercise that primarily targets the lats and to a lesser degree also targets the shoulders, biceps, and forearms.

The only lat pulldown equipment that you really need is the following: lat pulldown machine and v-bar. There are however many different lat pulldown variations that you can try out that may require different types of lat pulldown equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper lat pulldown form is easy with the step by step lat pulldown instructions, lat pulldown tips, and the instructional lat pulldown technique video on this page. The lat pulldown is a pull exercise for those with a beginner level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the lat pulldown video, learn how to do the lat pulldown, and then be sure and browse through the lat pulldown workouts on our workout plans page!

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Lat Pulldown Force Type: Pull
Lat Pulldown Mechanics Type: Compound
Lat Pulldown Other Names: Lat Pulldowns, Lat Pull downs, pull-downs, Lat Pulldown

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