Lat Exercises

Hi Paul!

When doing the standing Lat Leg Pull I notice that there is a little strain near the lower back. Initially I was quite concerned but I think that this is OK since we are bending over and this puts strain on the lower back.

Also when I do the pull up I usually feel it near the top of the back. Interestingly when I lay down I feel the muscles there aching or at least indicative that I had a workout.

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Jan 25, 2016
Leg Pull
by: Batman from

Hi There!

The goal of the Iso Leg pull is target the lower back, so there should be a feeling of muscle use there. Strain is a medical term in my head and should be avoided, but there should most definitely be targeted muscular effort and fatigue directed there.

If you feel the pull at the top of the back this indicates that you are using the arms and shoulder blades to pull the leg in - which is NOT the goal of the this exercise. The upper body remains static and the "lift" is performed with the lower back. Check out the videos for more on this. :-)

All the best,


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