How To Do Straight-Arm Lat Pulldowns

straight arm lat pulldowns

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.


Standing in front of the machine with your feet slightly apart. You take the bar with a pronated grip and your hands’ position are wider than your shoulders width:

  • Having your back straight and squeeze your abs. Inhale and bring the bar down to your thighs with your arms stretched (or your elbows slightly bent).

  • Exhale at the end of the movement.

This exercise works the latissimus dorsi, teres major, and triceps long head. This exercise helps you to have a stable arm-torso junction.


This exercise is great for swimmers to have a better power stroke. Many international coaches have integrated this exercise into their swimming programs.

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