Wanna look huge from all angles? Build a thick and muscular back. This is something I struggled with in my early years of working out. I eventually learned the exercises that create a huge back.
I’m going to share this morning’s back workout. And it’s one that’s geared toward gaining muscle mass overall and building a thick back.
Two Types of Rows for a Muscular Back
I always do at least 2 types of rows for my back workouts. Rows build that thickness and add sheer size to your lats.
Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman are the names that immediately come to mind when I talk about doing rows (and huge backs!). These guys swore by bent over rows. Dorian often did barbell rows with an underhand grip.
I want to point out two types of rows that helped my build a thick and muscular back. Barbell Rows (also called bent over rows) and dumbbell rows. These back exercises will add slabs of muscle to your back.
〉 Barbell Rows (Bent Over Rows): Make sure you flex your back muscles as you pull the weight towards you. Also keep a slight arch in your lower back (don’t round your back).
〉 Dumbbell Rows: Some place a hand and knee on a bench while pulling the dumbbell up the other side. I prefer to put a hand resting on the dumbbell rack (the bottom). This allows me to get a full stretch and better contractions. I like to go heavy on dumbbell rows.
Deadlifts – King of Exercises
I also want to point out an extremely important exercise responsible for building a thick back. Deadlifts. I’ve recently started doing these again (I had taken a break from them due to some lower back issues). Deadlifts also help boost testosterone.
Regardless of how strong you are, deadlifts are just a great overall movement for building a muscular back. Doing deads gives your physique that 3-D look. In other words you’ll look huge from all angles. I’ve been starting out my back workouts with deadlifts.
‘Huge from All Angles’ Back Workout
Here’s my back workout from this morning. This includes the exercises I discussed above. It’s a very simple back workout but extremely effective for quality mass.
- 5 x 10, 5, 5, 5, 1
- Dumbbell Rows
- 4 x 6
- Barbell Rows
- 4 x 10
- Lat Pulldowns
- 5 x 10
Back Training – Love It, Embrace It
It’s impossible to have a complete physique without a muscular back. This is true for strength training as well. Your back is the largest upper body muscle, and you should approach training it as such. As the title says, you want to look huge from all angles.
I love training back. That’s one of the reasons I do my back workouts on Monday. It’s my first workout of the week. So if you don’t already, I encourage you to love it and embrace it!
Train with Passion,