University Recreation


Straight Arm Pulldown

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Latissimus Dorsi, Serratus Anterior
Secondary Muscles: Deltoids, Rotator Cuff
Body Area: Shoulders, Back
Modality Types: Machines Machines
Equipment: Cybex Lat Pull/Low Row, FreeMotion Cable Cross, Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer (8840), Cybex Eagle Lat Pulldown, FreeMotion Dual Stack Cable Cross , Paramount SP-6100 Pull Down

Straight Arm Pulldown Straight Arm Pulldown

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Stand in front of a lat pulldown bar with your arms outstretched towards the bar
  • Place your palms flat on the bar and pull it down to shoulder level
  • Keep your elbows slightly bent and your wrists locked
  • Pull the bar down towards your body in an arcing motion
  • Contract the lats fully and the bring the bar close to your thighs
  • Slowly allow the bar to come back up to the starting position
  • Stand up straight! Torso should not move!!


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