08 Dec Baby Got Back Gains
Straight-Arm Cable Pulldown
Nailing the lats. Let’s face it, targeting the lats can be tricky, especially if you aren’t lat dominant. The Cable Straight Arm Pulldown is a great exercise to add to your back routine. The tension is more constant throughout the range of motion, whereas dumbbells or a barbell only load half of the movement.
When doing an isolation exercise to target a specific muscle group, experiment to see in which position you feel the most tension in the muscle you want to stimulate. Remember, the goal is not to perform an exercise from point A to point B; it’s to use the exercise to load the muscle you want. So the most important thing will always be feeling the proper muscle doing the work.
Feeling it in your triceps?
The long head of the triceps is also involved and could take away some stimulation from your lats, so you really have to put your mind in your lats. Only use a weight with which you can focus the tension on the lats. Keeping a very slight elbow bend (just enough so that they aren’t totally locked) and never changing the elbow angle during the set will also help minimize triceps involvement.