🔥WHAT ANGLES SHOULD YOU USE & TRAIN THE LATS
💥 Lat Pull-Down Variations for Complete Lat Development
🔥 Lat Pull-Down Basics
Aesthetics aside, the benefits of having a strong back are innumerable and range from better posture and improved spine health to injury prevention and overall enhanced physical performance. Having a strong back is also vital for building a strong chest, which means that the more you work on your lat pull-downs, the better prepared you’ll be to go big on the bench press. Since the muscles of the back are the largest in the body, they have huge carryover and strengthening them will allow you to generate more force while also improving stability, resulting in more strength and power.
In the very least, neglecting your backside can lead to muscular imbalance, rounded shoulders, neck and shoulder pain and back injury, especially if you’re working the muscles at the front side at the expense of your back. A well-designed back training program should include a variety of moves, such as deadlifts, bent-over rows, pull-ups, lat pull-downs and squats.
🔥 Basic Lat Pull-Down Technique
- Sit down on a pull-down machine with a wide bar attached to the top pulley.
- Grab the bar with the palms facing forward with a medium grip.
- As you keep both arms extended in front of you holding the bar, bring your torso back around 30 degrees while sticking your chest out. Keep your elbows pointed straight down.
- By drawing your shoulder blades and your upper arms down and back, bring the bar down until it touches your upper chest. The upper torso should remain stationary all through the movement.
- Focus on achieving maximum contraction in the final position.
- Hold for a second, then slowly raise the bar back up.
If you’re looking for a way to build attention-grabbing lats, this is the exercise for you. And the best part is that it can be done in many different ways, all of which unlock unique muscular gains, and many lifters believe that alternating between different lat pull-down variations provides their lats with optimal stimulation by hitting the muscles from every possible angle.