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Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns

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Muscle Groups
  • Back
  • Latissimus dorsi (“Wing” muscles) strength


Wide grip lat pulldowns strengthen the lats, rhomboids, traps, and biceps. Bodybuilders use this exercise to add thickness and mass to their lats. Use a lighter weight to increase muscular endurance. Squeeze your scapula muscles to achieve peak-contraction.


  • Start with your hands near the ends of the bar, arms straight and palms facing forward.
  • Pull the bar straight down under your chin, toward the top of your chest.
  • Keep your chest up and your elbows out to the side.
  • Return slowly to the top, with your arms straight again.


  • Pulling the bar down past the upper chest
  • Pulling the elbows too far behind the body instead of straight back and down
  • Dropping the chest down
  • Leaning back excessively
  • Shrugging the shoulders up as you pull down