3D Illustration of man performing lose grip pull down

Caution: don’t be tempted to perform this exercise using the behind the neck variation as it can easily damage your rotator cuff.


  1. Attach a wide-bar to the top pulley of a pulldown machine. Ensure the knee pad is adjusted correctly for your height.
  2. Grip the bar with your hands close together (less than shoulder width apart) and palms facing away from you.
  3. Stick your chest out and push your torso back to make a slight curve at your lower back.
  4. Exhale and pull the bar downwards towards your upper chest while retracting your shoulder blades. As the bar reaches your chest, squeeze your back muscles tightly while keeping your torso still. Make sure the forearms are not tensed, they should just hold the bar, not assist with pulling it.
  5. Pause for a moment, breathe in and allow the bar to return steadily to the top until your arms are fully extended once more. You should feel a stretch in your lat muscles.
  6. Repeat for the required number of reps and sets.