The back is a huge area with a lot of different muscles. When all is in order, all the back muscles work in synergy to bring great posture and strength for daily activities.
Working out the back is of extreme importance for numerous reasons. A healthy strong back translates into a straighter posture, impeding slouching. It gives you a leaner more confident figure. Plus, it is essential when wanting to avoid back pain and even eliminate it.
Exercise of the Week
There are many exercises for the back. One of the resistance training exercises that strengthens the back is the lat pulldown. It is a multi-joint exercise that engages several muscles in the upper body.
Lat pulldowns works the latissimus dorsi, the largest back muscle. Besides, the rear deltoids, the rhomboids as well as the biceps are engaged. Remember the more muscles involved in the exercise the better.
There are several variations of the exercise. Lat Pulldowns can be performed with different grips (close or wider than neutral grip, overhand or underhand grip). Additionally, you can switch the long bar for D-Handles, short handle or a V-handle.
This video shows how to perform lat pulldowns:
Remember, whether you want to lose weight, tone your body, gain strength or size, all muscles must be trained.
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