Don’t neglect those back muscles.
Believe it or not, it seems like the muscle groups that are neglected quite a bit are the ones that are potentially most important. Most people tend to focus on what’s in front of them rather than what’s behind them and in a way that’s a great philosophy…if you’re talking about life. But when it comes to bodybuilding, neglecting the things you don’t see can end up making you an incomplete mold of clay. If a building is to be deemed structurally sound then the entire building must be built with the same care and detail throughout, from the foundation to the roof.
Here’s where the back comes into play. It’s certainly one of the more visible areas on your body, yet most people have a tendency to focus on the chest and abs or biceps and shoulders. The back should be getting an equal amount of attention and is paramount for having an appealing upper body. If you want to turn heads then having a massive back will go a long way in doing so. Take a look at our list of some of the best exercises you can utilize for getting your back in order.
Wide Grip Pullups – 3 sets, 12 reps
Pullups are a hallmark of many old school bodybuilders and for good reason. They were paramount in sculpting a strong back and is great for shaping your upper lats and back muscles.
Bent-Over Barbell Row – 3 sets, 8-12 reps
If you’re not a fan of pull ups, then bent-over barbell rows are certainly a great alternative that will see you making some great upper back gains.
Lat Pulldown – 3 sets, 12 reps
The lower lats should also be a focus and will give you that classic v-taper shape. The pull down is great for focusing on your lower lats and will definitely add some size.
One Arm Dumbbell Row – 3 sets, 10 reps
The one arm dumbbell row is a great workout because it targets multiple muscle groups. It’s perfect for working the mid back and is also effective in working the obliques and core as well.
Deadlifts – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
For the lower back the deadlift is one of the best exercises out there. From powerlifters to mixed martial artists to bodybuilders, the deadlift is multi-purpose exercise that is great for building a strong lower back foundation.
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