I have detected a great deal of venom regarding the Lat pulldown, and reading the article “6 Things I Hate” (or was it 10? I forget) he expressed his dislike for the lat pulldown and felt it should only be for those who cannot do regular pullups.
While I can appreciate the subtle differences (i.e. pullups involve proximal motion, whereas pulldowns involve distal motion)–I have trouble seeing the difference. From a kinesiology perspective they are functionally identical. Granted, you can cheat on either, maybe more easily with a pulldown, but the are the same motion essentially.
The reason I generally prefer the pulldown is simply my inability to make minor and rapid weight modifications. Also, with my current gym, I can’t modify the difficulty at all as we have no dip belts.
Can someone explain this generalized hatred to me?