Monday, March 28, 2011

How To Do Lateral Pulldowns



One of the definitive signs of a powerful upper body is the classic "V taper". You get this look by developing the muscles in the back, shoulders and chest. We're in late March and summer is only a few months away. Many of you plan to hit the beach and want to be in the best physical shape possible. In today's video I'm going to show you how to do the lateral pulldown exercise to help you achieve the V shape. This compound exercise is good for you because it works a lot of muscles including the

  • shoulders
  • upper back
  • biceps

How To Do Lateral Pulldowns

You'll need a lateral pulldown machine for this exercise. You're going to begin with a warm up set. First, adjust the weight amount at 30 pounds. Next grip the bar with your palms facing toward you. Now, sit on the mounted seat. Your knees should be secured under the mounted pads. This prevents you from swaying back and forth while exercising. Pull the bar down until it touches your chest. Now extend your arms while maintaining your grip on the bar. Perform ten repetitions at this weight level.

Now adjust the weight amount so that you can perform four to eight reps without fatigue. In this video I'm pulling 180 pounds for six reps. Note that I remain seated throughout the exercise, extending my arms and then pulling the bar toward my chest.

Perform a total of five sets of lateral pulldown exercise. On a weekly basis, increase the weight amount in ten pound increments. If you're in good shape, it should not take you long to master the lateral pulldown exercise. You can vary between wide and close grip, palms facing toward you (as in this article) or away from you. Challenge your muscles by mixing the lat pulldown exercise with pull ups and chin ups. This keeps the workouts interesting and confuses the muscles thus promoting continued strength and development.

Now that you know how to do lat pulldowns, don't waste time in front of the computer. Get to the gym and do them.

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