[quote]T-Nation Admin wrote:
Here’s a helpful article for you:
From that article: [quote]Why are pulldowns a dork exercises? Simple. In pulldowns, you move a free-moving object (the bar) around you. It’s easier to use your lower back and momentum to pull the weight. “Easier” is never the best way to build strength and musculature. With chins, you have to move your body around a fixed object (the bar), insuring an overload on the back and the muscles of the upper arms. This movement is more realistic and has a much better transference to sports performance. As a bonus, the close-grip chin will also add size to your biceps.[/quote]
In other words pulldowns are just as good unless you try to use your lower back to jerk the weight down. I personally find that leaning back just makes it harder when you are doing 315 for 5. So pulldowns are fine for me.
And even if someone did lean back, so what? They can add a little more weight to the bar and provided they aren’t messing up their lower back, they are getting more of a workout.
I can understand how a barbell or dumbell bench is better than using a machine because you have all kinds of stabilizers that come into play. But that isn’t a concern when you are pulling something towards you.
This is a myth. There’s nothing wrong with pulldowns. Just some trainer running out of things to talk about.