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    Default Reverse grip lat Pulldown?

    I was doing wide grips for my last routine but my new one calls for reverse grip. Some guy at the gym told me that reverse grip lat Pulldown is essentially a biceps exercise and I see his point because I didn't feel so much in my back. Should I just stick with wide grip or is my form possibly incorrect or is the guy just right? Or is there another variation?

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    It's your call. It does hit the biceps harder but it is still a great exercise for the lats. If I do reverse grip pull downs I prefer to use a shoulder width grip instead of a wide grip. If your progressing in regular wide grip pull downs and prefer them then I would just stick to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waffles View Post
    I was doing wide grips for my last routine but my new one calls for reverse grip. Some guy at the gym told me that reverse grip lat Pulldown is essentially a biceps exercise and I see his point because I didn't feel so much in my back. Should I just stick with wide grip or is my form possibly incorrect or is the guy just right? Or is there another variation?
    I would ask an experienced lifter to check out your exercise technique. Also remember the time the muscle is under tension, use a rep speed of 2-1-2. Most people I see performing pullowns in my gym rush the reps, and look more like they are practicing to become limbo dancers with the amount of back movement they do
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    Quote Originally Posted by waffles View Post
    I was doing wide grips for my last routine but my new one calls for reverse grip. Some guy at the gym told me that reverse grip lat Pulldown is essentially a biceps exercise and I see his point because I didn't feel so much in my back. Should I just stick with wide grip or is my form possibly incorrect or is the guy just right? Or is there another variation?
    They will work the biceps, but they work the back quite hard also..similar to chin ups
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    Concentrate on pulling the elbow's down instead of using biceps. It will activate your back more and then your lats will feel it. This is how I learned to do chinups, with out activating the back I could not pull my self up.
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    I prefer reverse grip to regular, I'm just more comfortable with it.
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