Bro Basics: Lat Pulldowns

While we’ve previously covered two free weight exercises- the bicep curl and the tricep extension- today we tackle an exercise performed on one of the most popular machines at the gym: the lat pulldown.

While barbells are superior to machines when it comes to the foundations of strength training, there are some mechanized movements that can be helpful for doing accessory work- “smaller,” more isolated exercises that improve your ability to perform the main lifts (deadlift, squat, shoulder press). The lat pulldown is counted among these. Plus, the exercise is effective in the aesthetics-enhancing department, and doing it just feels dang good to boot.

For insights on how best to perform the lat pulldown, I talked with my strength coach and head of Barbell Logic Online Coaching, Matt Reynolds. Read more…

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