This is the original go-to exercise for developing a wider back.
The lat pulldown is a fantastic exercise to strengthen the latissimus dorsi muscle, the broadest muscle in your back.
Hunching over a computer all day can cause tension in your back and shoulders due to underuse of your lats and other nearby muscles.
Regular muscle-strengthening exercise, helps strengthen these muscles, potentially improving your posture, reducing pain and improving the overall health of your muscle tissue.
The lat pulldown has several benefits including muscular balance, better aesthetics, better posture, healthy weight gain, and increased overall strength. This exercise strengthens the back muscles that are responsible for proper posture and ease pulling movements such as starting a lawnmower, performing a pull-up, and opening a door. Form is crucial when performing a lat pulldown to prevent injury.
How To Do The Lat Pull-Down
Adjust the pad so it sits snugly on your thighs to minimize movement. Grasp the bar with a wide grip, looking forward with your torso upright. Retract your shoulder blades and pull the bar down in front of you to your upper chest. Squeeze your lats at the bottom of the move. Resist the temptation to lean back to aid the movement.
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