Reverse-grip lat pull-down

The reverse-grip lat pull-down is variation on the lat pull-down that targets the lower lats more than an overhand grip. Because the hands are relatively close together, it also increases the range of motion beyond wider-grip pull-down variations. It can be performed for low reps, such as 5-6 per set, for back strength, or for higher reps for size.


  1. Targets the lower lats and biceps
  2. Easy to learn and execute
  3. Cables provide constant tension on the targeted muscles

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Reverse-grip lat pull-down Instructions

Reverse-grip lat pull-down muscle diagram
  1. Sit down on a pull-down machine with a wide bar attached to the top pulley. Adjust the knee pad of the machine to fit your height. These pads will prevent your body from being raised by the resistance attached to the bar.
  2. Grab the pull-down bar with the palms facing your torso (a supinated grip). Make sure that the hands are placed closer than the shoulder width.
  3. As you have both arms extended in front of you holding the bar at the chosen grip width, bring your torso back around 30 degrees or so while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out. This is your starting position.
  4. As you breathe out, pull the bar down until it touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the fully contracted position and keep the elbows close to your body. The upper torso should remain stationary as your bring the bar to you and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.
  5. After a second on the contracted position, while breathing in, slowly bring the bar back to the starting position when your arms are fully extended and the lats are fully stretched.
  6. Repeat this motion for the prescribed amount of repetitions.