One of the best workouts to do is to make sure you do back exercises in the gym. Not only does a back workout help when it comes to balancing chest and shoulder exercises, but the muscles in your back are some of the biggest muscles in your body. It helps your posture, movement and general health throughout your body.
We offer some ideas of back exercises for you to add to your next workout in the gym.
A classic bodyweight, all-rounded workout. By holding onto a hanging bar, with your palms facing forward, you pull your body up towards the hanging bar. Drop yourself down again and repeat. Not only is it easy to do, but it’s a fantastic move to hit your latissimus dorsi (lats) as well as your biceps. Simple, yet oh so effective. This back exercise is a fantastic go-to when integrating back exercises into your workouts.
Whilst there are a variety of rows to perform, the best rows are the classic barbell rows. Working your middles and lower traps, as well as your rhomboid minor and various muscle groups in your shoulders. Holding a barbell with an overhand grip, lower your back until it’s straight an at a 45 degree angle to the floor. Pull up the barbell towards your abdomen, pause for a bit and then repeat.
Probably the single best exercise you can do, period. Working out your arms, shoulders, back and legs, doing a deadlift not only hits your back well, but it’s also a fantastic exercise to improve your posture and overall strength. Squatting down, feet hip length distance apart, and holding onto the barbell, you sit back, pulling the barbell up. Make sure when you pull up that you keep your back straight, pulling in your glutes.
These exercises are a general overview of what you should be integrating into a workout, be it just hitting you back or when doing a pull workout.