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Standing Straight Arm Lat Pulldown

Using a resistance band attached overhead or a cable machine with the pulley up high as shown. Place both your hands on the resistance band or on a bar attachment on the cable as shown (in both instances the hands should be slightly narrower than shoulder width apart). Keep the knees soft, a slight arch in the lower back, the neck straight with eyes looking down at a 45 degree angle and the shoulders back and down. Squeeze your core and pull the cable down finishing when your hands meet your hips. Control the movement back to the starting position. This completes one repetition. Repeat for the number of sets and reps as directed by your clinician.

Top Tips

Control the movement and do not rush. Make sure to keep your shoulder blade retracted (squeezed in towards your spine) and your chest open. Do not tense through your neck and jaw. Place the tongue on the roof of the mouth to activate the deep neck flexors and as a reminder to not clench through the jaw.