Exercise of the Week: Lat pulldown with resistance bands

Starting Position
Stand with legs about hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, abs engaged, and spine neutral. Hold the resistance band so that the tubing is taut when your hands are about shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms above your head, hands above shoulders, elbows slightly bent, palms facing forward.

Action
EXHALE: Pull your hands down to shoulder-height as you simultaneously widen your hand grip (pulling the resistance band outward). The movement should come from your upper back. INHALE: Bring your hands closer together, extending your arms back overhead to the starting position to complete one rep. Aim for 1-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Special Instructions
Adjust the position of your hands on the band to change your resistance level. When starting with your hands closer to the center of the band, you’ll work against more resistance, therefore adding intensity. When starting with your hands closer to the ends/handles of the band, you’ll have less resistance and an easier intensity level. Focus on using your back muscles as you pull the band down and out.

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