by Debbie Morgan
This weeks exercise is the pulldown, one of the best back exercises that you can do in the gym. The pulldown simulates the motion of a pull-up, but is easier to attempt for those just beginning a fitness and exercise routine.
The pulldown (sometimes called a “cable lat pulldown”) works your latissimus dorsi muscle, and is great for developing a strong and toned back muscles.
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When you start, grip the bar almost at its widest point, but so that it is comfortable for you. Hold on tightly to the bar and in a controlled motion, pull the bar down to your chest. It’s important to keep your back as straight as possible, so you don’t put too much strain on your abdomen or lower spine.
Tips for the pulldown:
- Keep your back as straight as possible while doing pulldowns.
- Start off with a weight that you can finish 10 full repetitions per set.
- Try to touch the bar to your chest on each repetition.
- Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions, and increase repetitions as you get more advanced.