Lat Pulldown Workout Guide

Lat Pulldown
Lat Pulldown

Elevate your back workout

Wanting to increase the strength in your upper body? Now is the perfect time to do exactly that. Start increasing your back muscles after just your first time using your lat pulldown at Xercise4Less. Lat pulldown resistance machines are strongly proven to help you build muscle, increase your muscle mass but also help to improve your general health and fitness. This machine is designed to help you target your latissimus dorsi (lats) – the biggest muscles in your back – so if you want toned and defined back muscles, this is the machine for you.

Make the most of your back workout or pull day by using the lat pulldown, or include this machine in a full body session to help you increase your upper body strength. With a strong upper body, you’ll be able to push yourself closer your fitness goals and this will also help you in everyday life with things such as lifting heavy objects etc.

Man-Lat Pulldown-Back Workout

How to use the lat pulldown

Resistance machines allow you to target individual areas, and this is exactly what the lat pulldown. Every time that you’re using this machine, you can purely focus on your back and increase your muscle mass and strength. A great thing about the lat pulldown is that you can easily adjust the weight that you’re lifting so, whether you’re a weight lifting expert or a gym beginner, you should hopefully feel comfortable to use this equipment as you please.

Once you’ve found the lat pulldown, you need to sit down on the seat and adjust the leg rest so that it is resting just above your thighs. The pads shouldn’t be squashing your legs but there shouldn’t be a huge gap. The bigger the gap, the more difficult the lift will be and you’ll start to put pressure on other areas of your body. Once you’re comfortable, sit down and choose the weight you want to lift by moving the pin.

Next, stand up to reach the lat pulldown bar and return to your seat. Pull the handles down so that your elbows are as close to your waist at possible. Hold this position for a second (and until you feel your back muscles working) and then stretch your arms upwards again. Repeat this 8-12 times and then rest for a couple of minutes. Repeat this for 3-5 sets. Once you’ve finished all of your sets, return the lat pulldown bar to the starting position and stand up. Remember to wipe down any equipment ready for the next member to use.

Once you’ve built up your confidence, start to increase the weight on the resistance machine. You could do this every set, every week or every month. To make progress and to improve your upper body strength, just be sure to increase the weight as often as you can. To encourage amazing results in your lats, include the lat pulldown regularly. This could be every back day, upper body session, pull session or full body session. We recommend using the lat pulldown at least once a week.

Resistance machines to suit your goals

In our inclusive gyms at Xercise4Less, we have a wide range of machines in the resistance machines zone to help you build up strength. No matter your fitness goals and preferred type of training, we have something to suit you.

Try to push yourself every time you step into the gym. This might mean squeezing a few extra reps into your workout or increasing the weight so that you’re building up strength and the size of your muscles. The lat pulldown machine should be used regularly in your back workout, pull day or in a full body workout so that you’re able to work numerous muscles at one time and create a balanced amount of strength in your upper body.

Once you feel confident, start to use different machines such as the assisted pull-up machine to build your strength even further. You’ll then be able to perform exercises like deadlifts and bent over rows with more confidence and ease which will mean that you’re building strength and making amazing progress towards your fitness goals.

Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training

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Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also join a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by becoming part of our inclusive community. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

High Intensity vs. Low Intensity Training

Girl Using Battleropes
Girl Using Battleropes

Working Towards Your Fitness Goals

Whatever your personal fitness goals, it’s important to remain focused on them despite having to make some changes to your training routine at the moment. By maintaining a regular exercise routine, you’ll continue working towards your goals and also be making a really positive impact on your general health and wellbeing.

Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s goals are different. We can’t all follow the same exercise routine; instead, use this time to try different training methods and exercise routines to see which helps you and what works best for you. Will it be high intensity or low intensity or a mixture of the two?

What is High Intensity Training?

High intensity training is the type of exercise that includes performing high energy movements and giving each movement your full energy. High intensity training includes working for certain periods of time with minimal rest which allows you to keep your heart rate consistently high. A great example of high intensity training is HIIT. HIIT workouts tend to include working for 40 seconds followed by a 15/20 second rest. In those 40 seconds to rest, you can perform exercises such as high knees, burpees, jumping jacks, skipping or sprints and give your maximum energy throughout.

High intensity training is suited to those who are working towards weight loss and want to reduce their body fat. You may not be wanting to lose weight but if you’re aiming to get fitter, high intensity training will push your fitness levels higher as you work harder and harder throughout the workout. High intensity training encourages faster results whether you’re working on weight loss, muscle gain or general fitness training.

High intensity training is tough but you can take it at your own pace. Within that 40 seconds of work time, fit in as many reps as you can; it doesn’t matter if that’s 5 or 25, the more that you follow this type of training, the more that you’ll be able to push yourself in the future.

HIIT Box Jumps

What is Low Intensity Training?

Low intensity training is a type of exercise that allows you to keep your heart rate steady as you’re maintaining a steady pace throughout. Low intensity training tends to include exercising for long periods of time i.e. 40-60 minutes of continuous exercise. Good examples of low intensity training at cycling, swimming, jogging, yoga, stretching and walking. All of these keep your body working for a continuous time and help you move closer to your fitness goals.

Some of the benefits of low intensity training include weight loss and fat burning. People tend to think of high intensity when it comes to losing weight but low intensity training is just as effective but it just means exercising over a longer period of time. For example, walking for 60 minutes could burn a similar amount of calories as a 20 minute HIIT workout so you should decide which works best for you.

Low intensity training is a great warm up for your gym session as it gets all of your key muscle groups working and boosts your heart rate. If you’re having a rest day, low intensity workouts such as Yoga, Tai-Chi and stretching are great for allowing your body to still make positive progress without putting too much strain on your body.

Tailor Your Workouts to You

Different ways of training are suitable for different people. No two bodies are the same and that’s why you need to find what works best for you. Trial a few different workouts and training styles to see what works best for you and what allows you to make positive progress on your fitness journey.

Whether you like to workout out for 20 minutes a day of an hour 1-2 times a week, low intensity might be suited to you or high intensity might be exactly what you’re looking for. You don’t know until you try so give them a go and see what helps you best.

Stay Active at Home to Boost Your Fitness

Continue to exercise at home whilst our gyms are closed whether you do something low or high intensity. We understand how important fitness is our community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.

There is something for all abilities, interests and goals so log in via our website or X4L app today.

Diverging Lat Pulldown Workout Guide

Diverging Lat Pulldown
Diverging Lat Pulldown

Increase muscle definition on your back

Start building up muscles in your back and increase your upper body strength using the diverging lat pulldown at Xercise4Less Gyms. Improve your strength, muscle mass and general fitness and stamina using this machine in the resistance machine gym zones.

To elevate your back workout or take your full body workout to a new level, maximise this piece of equipment and start reaping the benefits! This machine was designed to help you target your latissimus dorsi (lats) which are the biggest muscle in your back. With toned and defined lats, your back will look much more muscular and stronger.

Using the diverging lat pulldown

Resistance machine zones at Xercise4Less have something for everyone and helps people target individual muscles and potential problem areas. The diverging lat pulldown will help every member work on their back muscles and strength regardless of their strength and amount of weight training experience.

Before using the lat pulldown, sit down and adjust the leg rest so that it is resting just above your thighs. The pads shouldn’t be squashing your legs but there shouldn’t be a huge gap as this will make the weight lift more difficult. Once you’re comfortable, sit down and choose the weight you want to lift by moving the pin. Now you’re ready to lift!

Stand to reach the diverging lat pulldown handles and return to your seat. Pull the handles down so that your elbows are close to your waist, hold for a second and stretch your arms until they are straight. Repeat this 10 times and then rest for a couple of minutes. Repeat this for 3 sets. Try to increase the weight as you go to start building up strength and muscle. Once finished, return the diverging lat pulldown to the original motion and stand up.

To start seeing results in your lats, repeat exercises like this regularly during your back workout. Once you feel confident, start to use different machines such as the lat pulldown or assisted pull-up machine to build strength. You’ll then be able to perform exercises like deadlifts and bent over rows with more confidence.

Barbell Weighted Plates Deadlift

Get stronger, get bigger and get fitter

In our inclusive and great value gyms at Xercise4Less, we have a wide range of machines in the resistance machines zone to help you build up strength. No matter your fitness goals and preferred type of training, we have something to suit you.

Try to push yourself every time you step into the gym. This might mean squeezing a few extra reps into your workout or increasing the weight so that you’re building up strength and the size of your muscles. The diverging lat pulldown machine should be used regularly in your back workout, pull day or in a full body workout so that you’re able to work numerous muscles at one time and create a balanced amount of strength in your upper body.

It’s really important to get your form right though. This not only prevents injury but maximises your workouts because your body is working to its full potential. If you ever start to feel pain whilst using the diverging lat pulldown, it’s likely that your form isn’t right so try to perfect this and then you’ll smash it.

Man-Lat Pulldown-Back Workout

Join our fitness community

Become an Xercise4Less member today and start smashing your fitness goals! Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by becoming part of our inclusive community. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Whether you’ve never stepped into the gym before or you’re an experienced gym user, join Xercise4Less Gyms today and start transforming your physical and mental health.