Lat Pulldowns and Upper Body Strength

In October we talked a lot about cardio and endurance training on the Arc Trainer, so today we are going to focus on strength training again with pulldowns on the Eagle NX.

Eagle NX Pulldown Placard

What activities use the lats?

The lat pulldown works the latissimus dorsi, the largest muscle in the back, as well as your biceps, rear delts, rhomboids and traps. This movement gives you the opportunity to train many muscles at the same time, and develop overall strength in your back and upper body.

These muscles play an important role in posture, as well as allowing you to develop pulling strength, and pull yourself up and over an object, like you would do in activities like rock climbing.

Why is it important to exercise the lats?

In the era where we are tethered to our desks, developing and retaining good posture has never been more important. Strengthening these muscles can promote good posture, and help ward off osteoporosis, arthritis, and other injuries due to lack of mobility and strength as we age.

For many of us, upper body strength has always been a challenge. Many of us have given ourselves a pass by choosing to prioritize cardio activities to slim down, rather than upper body exercises to build strength.

Trainer Tip

Use the Eagle NX Pulldown to give your clients a versatile upper body workout. The Eagle NX Pulldown’s Dual Axis Technology® offers both a machine-defined or user-defined pattern of movement to offer a variety of exercises within the same machine. Learn more about 

Some other features of the Eagle NX Pulldown machine are:

  • Independent movement so users can train both arms or just one arm at a time.
  • A more realistic path of motion designed to move the way our arms do, giving users a more complete range of motion and constant torque at the shoulder
  • Adjustable seat height, dual motion foot bar and adjustable thigh pads to accommodate users of all sizes.
  • Dual grips that provide options for those with compromised shoulders.

Eagle NX Pulldown Set-up

Eagle NX App

Our all-new Eagle NX app for iOS and Android have videos on proper set-up and movements, as well as advanced techniques that add variety and versatility to your strength training routine.

Download the Eagle NX App

Disclaimer

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. As always, be sure to consult a physician if you are unsure of your individual exercise readiness or have a pre-existing medical condition. While these programs offer great benefits, there are many considerations that should be weighed before attempting any type of physical activity.

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