The cobra pulldown is a great way to get the lats through a greater range of motion than a regular pulldown. Because of where the hand rests in the start position (almost directly above the head), the lats have to contract from a much more lengthened position. The cable and single handle also allow for more integrity of movement at the elbow, which can be a vital adjustment.
- Make sure you're slightly in front of the cable pulley and "unlock" your shoulder blade while stretching your arm.
- Set your shoulder down and pull through the lat, remembering to keep your elbow in line with your wrist and not behind it.
- At the finish position, squeeze the crap out of your lats.