How NOT To Train Your Back! (WORKOUT INCLUDED)

We’re continuing the “HOW NOT” to train series today with BACK! There are so many different exercises and hand positions you can use when training back that often times you can be left confused and with zero gains. BUT NOT TODAY!

So what makes training back so complicated? Well, it’s because we have a lot of muscle groups to attack. There’s the lats running down the sides of the body, we have the inner back muscles like the rhomboids, lower and mid traps, as well as the lower back and the upper back, which includes upper traps and rear delts.

But don’t worry about all that because I am going to clear it up in the next 5 minutes with these 3 tips.

1. Cheat More, Less Proper Form!
The first mistake most of us make – and this even included me for a time – is training your back with strict and PROPER form. Don’t get me wrong, training with proper form is CRUCIAL for beginners when it comes to ANY muscle group, but after you’ve been training for a while you’ll quickly realize the key difference between training your back and training any other muscle group. Your back benefits more from OVERLOADING with heavier weights and focusing on the ECCENTRIC part of the range of motion (ROM).

This is because the ROM of most back movements is rather sketchy if you think about it. Pull-ups, T-bar rows, underhand rows, reverse flys…you name it. As the weight gets heavier, you’ll have more and more trouble pulling it close to your body. But if you take advantage of CHEAT reps, or slight momentum on the concentric portion of the movement and then focus on controlling the negative, you can safely overload your back with more weight and see significant progress.

2. Do NOT Waste Your Time With Too Many Back Movements
I keep my training style and advise SIMPLE, but not minimalistic.You do NOT need to perform every single back exercise you know to grow your back. Yes, the back is a complicated group of muscles but that doesn’t mean you have to bombard it from every angle known in existence.

A typical workout I see is 3 sets of 8 – 10 reps of pull-ups, then chin-ups, then neutral-grip pull-ups, then like 5 different kinds of row variations switching hand position and grip. Sounds like a 3 hour workout from hell, but, when you’re natural, at some point you’re just beating a dead horse.

So you are going to just focus on 3 exercises that give you the most bang for your buck covering the entire back, its basic functions and for each exercise you are going to perform 10 sets of 8 – 10 reps, which is also going to allow you to measure progress over time.

1. Weighted Pull-Up (Or some other kind of vertical pull)
2. T-Bar Row ( Or some other kind of horizontal pull)
3. Face Pull (Or some other kind of rear delt/upper back exercise)

I know it looks “too simple”, but that’s because you’ve been brainwashed. You need to understand that whether you choose the pull-up, chin-up, lat pulldown or any similar movement, you’re training the SAME MUSCLES in almost the same way. Now, I’m not saying that you should choose just one exercise and keep doing it forever, but you certainly shouldn’t be jumping from exercise to exercise wasting time and your ability to increase weight and measure REAL progress.


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