The lat pulldown is a great workout to strengthen the latissimus dorsi muscle, the broadest muscle in your back that supports good postures and spinal stability. It is a necessity for anyone wishing to bulk up their back muscles and work toward developing the V-shaped back that is coveted by bodybuilders, weightlifters, and fitness enthusiasts alike.
Whether you struggle with pull-ups or chin-ups or are training to get there, this workout is a great alternative.
Although to a lesser extent, the lat pulldown engages some of the same muscles as a pull-up. In addition, because you complete the lat pulldown while seated, you may engage your abdominals and hip flexors to help keep your body stable. In fact, a previous study discovered that the pulldown more effectively activated the abdominals than the pull-up did.