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Lever Front Pulldown

Lever Front Pulldown

The Lever Front Pulldown is a highly effective compound exercise that targets the muscles in your back, particularly the latissimus dorsi, or 'lats.' It also engages the muscles in your shoulders, biceps, and forearms, making it a fantastic upper body exercise to include in your workout routine. This exercise is performed using a cable machine with a lever attachment. As you sit upright on the machine, grasp the handles with an overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight, chest up, and core engaged throughout the movement. The Lever Front Pulldown mimics the motion of pulling a bar down in front of your body. Begin by pulling the lever down towards your upper chest, focusing on squeezing your shoulder blades together and pulling your elbows down towards your sides. As you do this, you'll feel the muscles in your back working to complete the movement. Slowly release the lever back up to the starting position with control, allowing your muscles to stretch and lengthen before repeating the exercise. To maximize the benefits of Lever Front Pulldowns, it is important to use proper form and technique. Maintaining a controlled and deliberate movement, rather than relying on momentum, will ensure that you're engaging the correct muscles and minimizing the risk of injury. Incorporate the Lever Front Pulldown into your upper body workout routine to develop a strong, well-rounded back, improve posture, and enhance overall upper body strength. Gradually increase the weight as you build strength and aim for 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions, resting for about 60 seconds between sets. Remember to always warm up before starting any exercise and consult with a fitness professional to determine if this exercise is suitable for your individual needs and goals. Keep up the great work in your fitness journey!


  • Sit on the machine with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.
  • Adjust the seat and thigh pads so that your upper thighs are firmly pressed against them.
  • Grasp the handles with an overhand grip, with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Lean back slightly and push your chest out, engaging your core muscles.
  • Pull the handles towards you in a controlled manner, squeezing your shoulder blades together as you do so.
  • Continue pulling until your elbows are at your sides and your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Hold the position for a brief pause, focusing on squeezing your back muscles.
  • Slowly extend your arms back to the starting position, fully straightening your elbows.
  • Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
  • Remember to breathe throughout the exercise and maintain proper form.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure proper form by sitting with a straight back and pulling the lever down towards your chest, engaging your back muscles.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to complete the exercise with good form, gradually increasing the resistance as you get stronger.
  • Focus on the muscles being trained (latissimus dorsi) and avoid using momentum or relying on your arms to pull the lever down.
  • Control the movement by resisting the weight on both the eccentric (lowering) and concentric (lifting) phases of the exercise.
  • Incorporate a slow and controlled tempo, emphasizing the squeeze in the back muscles at the bottom of the movement.
  • Maintain a stable core by engaging your abdominal muscles throughout the exercise.
  • Experiment with different hand grips to target different areas of the back.
  • Include variations such as unilateral (single-arm) lever front pulldowns to address any muscle imbalances.
  • Utilize progressive overload by gradually increasing the weight or repetitions as you progress.
  • Listen to your body, and if you experience any pain or discomfort, adjust the weight or range of motion accordingly.

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