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How to Do a Lat Pulldown for a Back Workout

Learn how to do a lat pulldown from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this home back workout for men video from Howcast.

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Hey guys. This is Max Tapper again for HowCast and what I'm going to show you how to do today is a Lat Pulldown. Now a Lat Pulldown is one of those A-1 exercises. One of those exercises where you can lift a lot of weight and really work on putting some beefy muscle in your back, okay? So let me show you how this works.

First, we're going to lock our legs down under these cushions. Now we're going to reach up to grab this weight, and you can use different hand positions. Me, myself, I like to put my thumbs right at the bend of the bar and my hands extend out. Chest up, we're going to pull straight down to under our chin. Right to our [sound skips] slow on the way back up. Controlled. Pull back, right under our chin to our sternum, right back up to the top.

Now, the same thing applies in every other back exercise. I want you to use your hand like a hook. No thumbs, just fingers around holding. I don't want you to squeeze. Once you squeeze automatically you activate your forearms and biceps and they already are going to be working anyway. So let's try to isolate those lats. Hands as a hook, chest up, shoulders back, pulling down right under our chin, slow on the way back up.

Alright, now here's a tip. If you pull down and your body rounds forward the weight is too heavy. Okay? Now, no matter what, we need you to be in this position the whole time. Shoulder blades all the way back and depressed down. Slow and controlled. Remember, not this, just this. And up to the top.

Alright guys, remember, chose as much weight as you can possibly handle under perfect control. Again, this is one of those A-1 exercises that will really help you develop some really nice, strong, beautiful back muscles. So go out there, try it, put the weight on but stay safe and stay under control.

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