In this video we are looking at one of the easier ways to target our primary vertical pulling muscles – the latissimus dorsi.
I like this exercise because it is highly available in most gyms, and there isn’t too many cues that you need to follow to make sure you are doing them correctly.
Things to watch out for:
- FOCUS ON: The idea that you are trying to squeeze a magazine in your armpit at the bottom of the movement. This visualization will help you focus on activating the lat muscle through the exercise
- Make sure you depress your shoulders – I like to tell people, “shrug as if you were responding ‘I don’t know’ but focus on how it feels to let your shoulders fall after” that’s how you want your shoulders in this exercise. This will put the stress on your lats, not your upper traps
- DO NOT LEAN BACK: this is definitely a pet peeve of mine… remember friends, this is a lat exercise. Not a lower back exercise. Truthfully I can’t think of a single ‘lower back’ exercise I would recommend to a client. People have a tendency to load too much weight and use their lower back to pull the weight down, more often than not this will cause unnecessary risk to your lower back, which should not be your focus.