Lat Pulldown (with Lat Bar) | Home Gym Hacks

March 20, 2024 2 min read

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Lat Pulldown With Lap Bar

Lat pulldowns help to build a big back and strong lats but a big problem in home gyms is not having a cable machine and a lap pad to hold you down.

In this home gym hack I’ll show you how to recreate this machine with your weight rack, a cable pulley system, an Axis pad (or spotter arm), a weight bench, and a handle.

Lat Pulldown Hack Equipment

Here’s what you need:

Weight Rack: Pull up bar supports the top pulley

Pulley System:Weight hangs from top pulley

Weight plates: Add weight plates to loading pin for resistance

Axis pad: Turn pad upside down to hold you down as the weight pulls you up (an alternative to an Axis pad is an upside down spotter arm)

Weight bench: Gives you a spot to sit on

Cable attachment: I’m using a Double D handle but you can use other cable attachments

Setting Up The Lat Pulldown

1. Attach the pulley system: Add a top pulley to your pull up bar. Cable is connected to a loading pin on one end and a handle on the other end.

2. Load up: Add weight plates to the loading pin

3. Set your “lap bar”:Set the Axis pad or spotter arm upside down on top of your uprights.

4. Bench: Set your bench perpendicular to your upright

5. Go Time: Sit on the bench and slide your thighs under the lap bar. Grab the handle and start pulling!

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Shredded Dad

Hi! I’m Jose and I’m the proud owner of a PRx Pro Rack and PRx folding incline bench.

I’m the founder of, where I review home gym equipment, share fitness tips, and brainstorm home gym hacks.

You can connect with me on Instagram, where I share entertaining gym content from my garage gym.

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