The best lats exercises can help you get the back you've always wanted. Be fit, strong and ripped with our collection of the most effective lat workouts and moves.
Exercise Description Main Target Muscles Lats Secondary Target Muscles Abs, Biceps, Shoulders, Upper Back Workout Type Strength Gym Gear Bodyweight Fitness Level Beginner Compound/Isolated Compound Power Move Pull Target Muscle: Lats Chin-Ups Overview The chin-up is a great exercise for toning your arms, shoulders, and back muscles and improving your grip strength. In addition, chin-ups help improve your posture by correcting imbalances in your upper body muscles. As a result, you may find that you stand taller and have less pain in your back and neck. Furthermore, chin-ups are a great way to boost your mood and energy levels. The act of pulling your body up against gravity gives you a sense of accomplishment and provides a great upper body workout. As an added bonus, you can do chin-ups almost anywhere with a little bit of creativity. How to Do Start by standing up tall and grasp the bar. Next, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Make sure you feel a stretch in your neck. Take a deep breath, squeeze your glutes and abs hard, and brace your core. While contracting the lats, drive the elbows straight down to the floor. Pull your chin towards the bar until the lats are totally contracted, then slowly lower yourself back to the start position and do as many repetitions as directed. Chin Ups Tips Keep your core engaged, and avoid swinging your body as you pull yourself up. Use slow, controlled movements and focus on contracting your neck and chin area muscles. Drive through the elbows. Be sure your shoulders are back and down and not rounded. If the bar is high, keep your legs straightened out in front of your body. Do not hyperflex your lumbar spine by bracing your glutes and abs.View Exercise
Reverse Grip Chin-Up
Exercise Description Target Muscle Group Lats Secondary Muscles Abs, Biceps, Shoulders, Upper Back Exercise Type Strength Equipment Required Bodyweight Experience Level Beginner Compound/Isolated Compound Force Type Pull Target Muscles: Lats Reverse Grip Chin-Up Overview The muscles targeted in a Reverse Grip Chin-Up are the lats (latissimus dorsi), which are the large, triangular muscles that run down the sides of your back. Additionally, this exercise also works the biceps and forearms. The latissimus dorsi are responsible for several key functions in the upper body, including shoulder extension, adduction, and internal rotation. Strong lats help to stabilize the shoulder joint and can prevent injuries such as rotator cuff tears. Additionally, they contribute to a well-rounded physique and can give you that coveted "V-shaped" torso. How to Do It? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to perform Reverse Grip Chin-Ups: Start by gripping the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart, using an overhand (palms facing away from you) grip. Hang from the bar with your arms extended and your feet off the ground. Use your back muscles to pull yourself up towards the bar, keeping your elbows close to your sides. Once your chin is over the bar, slowly lower yourself back to the starting position. Repeat for 8-12 reps. Reverse Grip Chin Ups Tips Use a smooth, controlled motion throughout the entire range of motion. Keep your elbows close to your sides and focus on using your back muscles to lift your body up. Don't swing your body up, as this can put unnecessary stress on your shoulders. If you find the exercise too difficult, try performing it with a band for assistance. If you want to increase the challenge, try adding weight by holding a dumbbell or plate between your feet.View Exercise
Band Kneeling Lat Pulldown
Exercise Description Main Target Muscles Lats Secondary Target Muscles Abs, Biceps, Shoulders, Upper Back Workout Type Strength Gym Gear Band Fitness Level Beginner Compound/Isolated Compound Power Move Pull Target Muscle: Lats Overview of Lat Pulldown The lat pulldown is a great exercise for targeting the muscles in your back, specifically the latissimus dorsi. This muscle is responsible for pulling your arms down and back, which is why the lat pulldown is such an effective movement for developing strength and size in this area. In addition to targeting the lats, the lat pulldown also works the muscles in your shoulders and upper arms. By using a resistance band instead of a weight machine, you can also increase the range of motion and work your muscles through a greater range of motion. This not only helps to build muscle, but it can also improve your mobility and flexibility. How to Do It Attach the band to the cable machine and set the height so that the band is at about chest level. Step forward so that the band is taut and your arms are extended in front of you, perpendicular to your body. Bend your knees and place your shins on a towel or pad for comfort. Keeping your back straight, pull the band down to your sides, bringing your elbows back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Return to the starting position and repeat for desired repetitions. Lat Pulldown Tips You should tone your abdominal muscles as you pull the bar towards your body. This will ensure that your spine doesn't arch too much. You must control the weights during each rep. As you pull, don't let your head jut forward. Similar to the previous step, ensure that the shoulder blade remains in contact with the rib cage. You don't need to lock the shoulder blade. Just move through the joint. Allow the shoulder to rotate internally and shrug slightly at its top. The movement will be reversed and the shoulder blade will be depressed before you pull the arm.View Exercise
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