Straight Arm Pulldown

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Lats
Secondary Muscle(s) None
Equipment Cable
Emphasis Isolation
Type Pull

Straight Arm Pulldown Instructions

  • Select the appropriate weight on the stack of a machine with a wide grip handle bar.
  • Situate yourself a couple feet in front of the machine. Grab the bar with palms facing down and hands at shoulder width apart. Bring the bar down to position the arms to be parallel to the ground.
  • Begin by pulling the bar down by rotating the shoulders while maintaining fully lengthened arms and a fixed body. Continue to bring the bar down as far as you can to where your arms are down by your sides but the bar isn’t touching your body.
  • After a brief pause, allow the bar to raise back up slowly while lowering the weight without letting it touching the stack.
  • Repeat for desired reps.

Straight Arm Pulldown Tips

  • Allow weight to rise above shoulder height when pulling down the bar.
  • Use slow, controlled movements to put all focus into the isolation of the lats.
  • Lighter weight is recommended.
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