Neutral Grip Lat Pulldown

  1. Set Up the Lat Pulldown Machine:
    • Adjust the knee pad and thigh support on the lat pulldown machine to a comfortable height. Ensure that the cable attachment for the neutral grip handles is securely attached to the cable. Adjust the weight stack to an appropriate resistance level for your fitness level.
  2. Grip the Handles:
    • Sit on the machine with a straight back and your feet flat on the floor. Reach up and grasp the neutral grip handles with your palms facing each other. The handles should be at shoulder width or slightly wider, allowing for a neutral wrist position.
  3. Position Yourself:
    • Adjust the seat or thigh support to secure your body in place. Hold the handles with your arms fully extended, maintaining a slight bend in your elbows. Engage your core muscles for stability and ensure your back is against the seat or pad.
  4. Initiate the Pulldown:
    • Pull the handles down towards your chest in a controlled motion, focusing on engaging your lat muscles. Keep your chest up, shoulders back, and elbows pointing down throughout the movement. Aim to bring the handles to the level of your upper chest without leaning back excessively.
  5. Controlled Release:
    • Slowly and in a controlled manner, allow the handles to return to the starting position, fully extending your arms. Resist the urge to let the weight stack drop rapidly, as the controlled eccentric (lowering) phase is crucial for muscle engagement and strength development.

Remember to maintain proper form, control the movement, and use a weight that challenges your muscles without sacrificing technique. Adjust the machine settings and weight as needed, and incorporate the neutral grip lat pulldown into your overall back and upper body training routine.


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