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Machine Monday: Cybex Eagle Lat Pulldown Works More Than Your Lats

  
  
  

Machine Monday: Eagle Lat Pulldown

As you would expect, the Eagle Lat Pulldown is a great piece of equipment for strengthening your lats and biceps. Yet the Eagle Lat Pulldown has the added advantage that it can provide an additional way to engage the triceps. With the dual-axis technology unique to Cybex's Eagle Lat Pulldown, you are able to exercise this additional muscle group.

What is Dual-Axis Technology: The special dual-axis technology on the Eagle Lat Pulldown allows you to follow either a machine defined or user defined movement path. With the standard machine defined movement you just get in and pull down. With the user defined motion however you can pull the handles outwards while pulling down, keeping the arms off of the stops. The more challenging user defined movement creates resistance in two directions: side-to-side as well as up and down, bringing the triceps muscles into the action, along with the lats. The typical machine defined mode engages the biceps and lats.

Independent arm movement: You can exercise your arms unilaterally or one at a time. You can also exercise your arms bilaterally – both arms together – or reciprocally which means they are exercised in an alternating motion.

Furthermore, sitting at the front of the seat on the Eagle Lat Pulldown and leaning back, as opposed to the traditional upright posture, allows the user to increase focus on the rear delts.

Indeed, there are no fewer than eight unique exercises which can be used to exercise various muscle groups in the back and arms. The videos below can all be performed in user defined and machine defined mode.

  1. BILATERAL, CLOSE GRIP LAT PULL: the standard lat pulldown exercise, this exercise strengthens the lower trapezius, serratus anterior, pectoralis minor, rhomboids, middle trapezius, bicep and lat muscles on both sides
  2. RECIPROCATING, CLOSE GRIP LAT PULL: the standard lat pulldown exercise, this exercise strengthens the lower trapezius, serratus anterior, pectoralis minor, rhomboids, middle trapezius, bicep and lat muscles in an alternating motion.
  3. UNILATERAL, CLOSE GRIP LAT PULL: the standard lat pulldown exercise, this exercise strengthens the lower trapezius, serratus anterior, pectoralis minor, rhomboids, middle trapezius, bicep and lat muscles one side at a time.
  4. BILATERAL, CORNER GRIP LAT PULL: a variation of the close grip lat pull, this exercise focuses on the posterior deltoid in addition to the bicep and lat muscles. The exercise also allows users to focus on strengthening both arms.
  5. RECIPROCAL, CORNER GRIP LAT PULL: a variation on the close grip lat pull, this exercise strengthens the posterior deltoid, bicep and lat muscles in an alternating motion.
  6. BILATERAL, WIDE GRIP PULLDOWN: a variation on the close grip lat pull, this exercise focuses on strengthening the pectoralis major, bicep and lat muscles
  7. RECIPROCATING, WIDE GRIP PULLDOWN: a variation on the close grip lat pull, this exercise provides less freedom of motion than the close grip. However, the exercise stresses a unique range of motion
  8. UNILATERAL, WIDE GRIP PULLDOWN: a variation on the close grip lat pull, this exercise strengthens one set of bicep and lat muscles at a time. This focus allows strengthening of individual muscles so that strength of each arm can become the same.

Next time you are looking for a new way to exercise your back and arm muscles, you should definitely give the Eagle Lat Pulldown a try. You can also see these techniques demonstrated My Cybex Coach.

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Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. For medical advice please consult a doctor.

Comments

Hey thanks for sharing this info about various exercises. And, yes you are right Eagle Lat Pulldown is a great equipment for strengthening biceps.
Posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 5:42 AM by Jason
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