Lat Pull Down Exercise Video

Get a sculpted back and shoulders when you do this exercise correctly
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Hi! I am Natalie Gingerich, Certified Trainer and Fitness Editor for Prevention Magazine. The Lat Pulldown is a great move to sculpt your back for swimsuit season. But it's one of the most commonly misused exercise machines at the gym. When you do the Lat Pulldown, don't lean forward and pull the bar behind your head. That can strain both your neck and shoulders putting you at risk for injury. Here is what you want to do. Adjust the seat so your quads sit comfortably below the thigh pad. Choose a weight level where you feel fatigue after eight to ten reps. Then grasp the bar with your hands about shoulder width apart, thumbs facing out. This will work your biceps and your back. On each rep, slowly lower the bar to just below your chin, feeling your shoulder blades draw together in back right in the part that's hard to scratch if you had an itch. You may lean back slightly but not much. Keep your abs tight to prevent strain in your lower back. Slowly, with control, release the bar to the top and repeat. Keep your shoulders down throughout, and don't let them rise up to the ears especially as you extend your arm. See the difference? When you do this move correctly, you'll have a toned sculpted back and arms in no time. Check back soon for more quick trainer tips.

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