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Lat Exercises

Learn All of Our Back Toning and Back Strengthening Exercises for your Latissimus Dorsi and Add to your Next Back Workout

Welcome to our Lat Exercises main page! 

Here we’ve linked to all of our weight training exercises that target this essential area of your upper body. Each of our weight training exercises for your lat muscles includes pictures, exercise instructions, and tips so you can immediately add to your next Back Workout and other Weight Training Programs.


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So Why should you Focus on Your Lats in your Workout Routines?

These back exercises target the largest and most powerful back muscles, the latissimus dorsi. In fact the name of this muscle is derived from Latin and literally means, “broadest muscle of the back.” So, obviously, your lats are an important muscle. 

Because the lats are so significant, these back strengthening exercises will help you improve your maxes on most other upper body exercises. They’re also essential in Fat Loss Workouts because training the large muscle group burns more calories than isolating your biceps or triceps, for example. 

In the land of lats, Pull UpsChin Ups, and Lat Pull Down are king and should be in most Back Workouts and Workout Routines. Check out all of the exercises for the lats below.

The Back Exercises

Our Lat Exercise list is divided below by equipment required resulting in the following sections for this muscle group:

  • Lat Barbell Exercises
  • Lat Body Weight Exercises
  • Lat Cable Exercises
  • Lat Dumbbell Exercises

Click on the links above or continue reading below to view each section for the lat muscles.

Check out our list of the top 5, Best Back Exercises!

Barbell Lat Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell Pullover Lats, Chest Shoulders, Triceps Barbell, Flat Bench



Check out all our Barbell Exercises divided by muscle group trained!

Body Weight Lat Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Chin Ups Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Climber Pull Ups Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Gironda Sternum Chin Ups Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Narrow Parallel Grip Chin Ups Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Pull Ups Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar



Check out all our Body Weight Exercises divided by muscle group trained!

Cable Lat Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Close Grip Front Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Reverse Grip Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Straight Arm Pull Down Lats, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps Cable
V-Bar Lat Pull Down Lats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable, V-Bar



Check out all our Cable Exercises divided by muscle group trained!

Dumbbell Lat Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Dumbbell Pullover Lats, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps Dumbbell, Flat Bench



Check out all our Dumbbell Exercises divided by muscle group trained!



Other Back Exercises

Some of the best weight training exercises for the latissimus dorsi like the Bent Over Row, Dumbbell Rows, and Deadlifts primarily target your upper back muscles and lower back muscles and secondarily work your lats. Therefore, make sure to view our Back Exercises page for a list of all our exercises for the back muscles. 

Our Back Exercises page links to every individual back exercise as well as our Lower Back Exercises and Upper Back Exercises.

Finally, if you found this page of interest, check out these related pages:

  • Best Back Exercises
  • Weight Training Exercises Main Page
  • Muscle Building Workouts and Strength Training Exercises
  • Fat Loss Workouts and Fat Burning Exercisess

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