How To: Use a cable machine for wide reverse grip pull downs

Use a cable machine for wide reverse grip pull downs

Learn how to do wide reverse grip pull downs. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life.

Benefits
For this variation of the classic lat pull-down, you'll use a reverse grip and hold at the moment of full flexion—with nothing to support you but your core. Remember, back and front should develop in tandem. This exercise makes sure they do.

Muscles Worked
Back (lats)

Starting Position
Seat yourself at a cable station beneath a wide neutral-grip bar suspended from the cable. Reach up and grip with bar with palms facing in towards you, hands a little more than shoulder width apart.

Exercise
1. From the starting position, pull the bar down in front of you and in toward your chest and rib cage. As you pull, keep your chest lifted and your shoulders back; this may cause a slight arch in your lower back. As you pull the bar down, tuck your elbows down and in toward you.
2. When you have pulled the bar to a full flexion through your lats, hold in the fully flexed position for a full second. As you hold, resist the temptation to press your legs against the leg brace—instead, support yourself through your core and upper back. After a second, slowly release the cable back to the starting position, resisting the tug of the weights as you release.

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