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What is this excercise and which muscles it works out?

  • It hits back, mostly rhomboid muscle IIRC Nov 15, 2017 at 12:31
  • Looks like "straight arm lat pulldown" Nov 15, 2017 at 12:38

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It's the straight arm lateral pulldown. It primarily targets the latissimus dorsi, but as it's a compound exercise movement it will engage a variety of other muscles.

I'm not sure why this person is hinged at the hip, as most instructions I've seen this for have you vertical or mostly-vertical.

There are literally dozens of variations on the pulldown: seated, standing, with handles, with a bar, alternating one hand, kneeling, on one foot, etc. For a laugh, check out this version.

  • Most likely due to a height limitation on the equipment. Hinging at the hip allows for a full overhead extension, and a fuller range of motion in the actual execution.
    – JohnP
    Nov 15, 2017 at 16:51
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    @JohnP I do it in same stlye, btw, i.e. not standing straight - when staying straight I feel like my lower back part involved into work more, but with angle I feel like it hit rhomboids or smth near (but its individual thing anyway) Nov 16, 2017 at 6:20

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