PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To widen the
This exercise allows you to do Chins
with less than your total body weight, so
you can do a lot of extra reps for the
upper back if you feel you need more
work in that area (but it should not
replace Chins as the standard exercise
for widening the upper lats).
EXECUTION: (1) Using a long bar, grasp
it with a wide, overhand grip and sit on
the seat with your knees hooked under
the support. (2) Pull the bar down
smoothly until it touches the top of your
chest, making the upper back do the
work and not swaying back to involve
the lower back. Release, extend the arms
again, and feel the lats fully stretch.
VARIATION: Try doing Lat Pulldowns
behind the neck instead of in front.