The difficulty performing the lat pulldown exercise lies in maintaining trunk and elbow position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the elbows to drift forward out of position.
This exercise targets your lats, shoulders, rotator cuff, biceps, forearms and abdominal muscles.
Maintain position of your trunk, wrists and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.
If you’ve had a shoulder or neck injury, this exercise may be an excellent starting point in physical therapy.
Grab the bar in a place wider than your shoulders, sit down, look up slightly and then pull your belly in so as to protect your back. Set your shoulder blades down slightly but do not arch your back.
While maintaining trunk/head position, pull your elbows down until the bar almost touches your chin and then back up to where the elbows are almost extended completely.
Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.
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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.
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