Cable Reverse Grip Pulldown

Cable Reverse Grip Pulldown

The Cable Reverse Grip Pulldown is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles in your back, especially the latissimus dorsi (lats), which give you that desirable V-shaped physique. This exercise is performed using a cable machine with a reverse grip, meaning your palms are facing toward you. It is an excellent alternative to traditional lat pulldowns, as it places emphasis on different areas of your back. By using a reverse grip, you engage the muscles in a slightly different way. The Cable Reverse Grip Pulldown specifically targets the lower and middle fibers of the latissimus dorsi, providing more thickness and width to your back muscles. Additionally, this exercise also works secondary muscles such as the biceps, rhomboids, and rear deltoids, which help stabilize and assist with the movement. When performing the Cable Reverse Grip Pulldown, it's important to keep your back straight, chest up, and shoulders pulled back throughout the entire motion. Avoid using momentum or jerking the weight down, as this can lead to injury and decrease the effectiveness of the exercise. Instead, focus on a controlled and smooth movement, squeezing your shoulder blades together as you pull the cable towards your chest. To make the most out of this exercise, it's essential to use appropriate resistance. Select a weight that challenges you but still allows you to complete the desired number of repetitions with proper form. Aim for 3-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions. As always, remember to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet to support your fitness goals and consider incorporating other exercises that target different muscle groups for a well-rounded workout routine.


  • Sit at a cable machine with a straight bar attached to the high pulley.
  • Grab the bar with a reverse grip (pronated, with palms facing you) and your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Keep your torso upright and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Pull the bar down towards your chest while keeping your elbows close to your body.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the bottom of the movement.
  • Slowly raise the bar back to the starting position with control.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Avoid using momentum or swinging your body during the exercise.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement.
  • Control the weight at all times and focus on the targeted muscles.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on keeping your chest up and shoulders down throughout the exercise.
  • Engage your lats by actively squeezing them at the bottom of the movement.
  • Control the weight and avoid using momentum to ensure proper muscle activation.
  • Gradually increase the weight as you get stronger to continue challenging your muscles.
  • Maintain a neutral spine position and avoid arching your back during the exercise.
  • Incorporate a variety of grips to target different areas of your back.
  • Breathe out as you pull the cable towards your body and inhale as you return to the starting position.
  • Avoid leaning back excessively to prevent putting stress on your lower back.
  • Incorporate other back exercises, such as rows and pull-ups, into your routine for balanced development.
  • Ensure that your grip is secure and comfortable to avoid strain on your wrists and forearms.


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