Pulldown (Machine Wide Grip)

Target Muscles: Latissimus dorsi, Rhomboids, Biceps, Posterior deltoids, Fore- arms. Starting Position: 1. Hold the grips of the seated pull down machine with your palms facing forward. 2. Sit on the seat, adjusting it so that your knees fit snugly under the pads. Your arms should be fully extended. The Movement: 1. Pull down towards your shoulders with your elbows extended outward, arching your back slightly. 2. Hold for a count of two; then slowly return to the starting position. Tips: • Keep your trunk as still as possible - avoid swinging backwards. • Focus on keeping your elbows directly under the bar and squeezing the shoulder blades together. • Do not shorten the return phase of the movement and extend your arms fully. • Do not lean back too far. • Use wrist straps to improve your grip when using heavy weights.. Variations: Close grip: This variation works the inner portion of the latissimus dorsi rather than the outer portion, thus creating more depth to the mid-back. Use a triangle bar attachment and bring it down in front of your neck until it just touches the mid-point of your chest. Reverse grip: This variation also thickens the latissimus dorsi rather than widening them, thus creating more depth to the mid-back. Use a short straight bar attachment and hold the bar with your palms facing towards you, about 15-20 cm apart.
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