A Comeback for Pulldowns

I wrote an article for T-Nation that some of you may not have seen talking about how we have begun to use lat pulldowns more.

Take a look if you haven’t read it.

A Comeback for Lat Pulldowns


9 Responses to “A Comeback for Pulldowns”

  1. ninajacqueline Says:

    I’m 21, and yes my shoulders are healthy and have never bern injured.. I’m not exactly sure about what TRX is? Some kind of elastics? If so, i do think it is possible for me to get access to … Do you have some names of the exercises to do with TRX?(maybe possible to find on exrx?)

    Thanks alot!

    Nina Jacqueline

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    How old are you? Are your shoulders healthy? Do you have access to a TRX?

  3. Nina Jacqueline Says:

    Hey guys,

    I would just like to know, if the ‘pull downs’ and ‘chin ups’ do have the same targets and same effect on ‘latissimus dorsi’?

    So far, I have been doing the ‘pull downs’, because my arms are not strong enough yet to do the ‘chin ups’ with my own bodyweight.

    Will you recommend me to just continue the ‘pull downs’ or is there some way it can become possible for me to do the ‘chin ups’? If so, how – which exercises should I pratice then?



  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Chris- not sure if 30 years of coaching qualifies as erratic but, thanks for reading.

  5. I find it entertaining to see how you go back and forth with your opinions on stuff based on whatever finds novelty in your head at any particular time. It’s like watching my son play with toys. Too erratic imho. I think exercises/concepts/programs should be viewed as tools in a toolbox. They all have their place and you should use which ever one is best for the job at hand regardless of what’s in vogue and what’s not. Forget novelty and just be steady. (btw I’m eagerly waiting for a Mike Boyle article on his new found love of bi-lateral lower extremity strength training!)

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    I think most of these are in between rows and chins. That might make them better?

  7. Reblogged this on mvptrainingblog and commented:
    Crossover exercise to the pulldown and row. Check it out! Like or share.

  8. Love the variation of the pulldown, but has anyone tried keeping the arms extended to pull down to the side of the hips. For pull downs this seems more like a pull down than a row. But then again they are both adducting the scapulae. There are so many variations some times that we forget their purpose and function but this I like.

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