Category: Back

Don’t Let Your Back Slack

/ Posted 03.22.2014

I write a lot of training articles about pro bodybuilders, and the number so far is well over a thousand. … continue reading

Are Good Mornings Bad for the Back?

/ Posted 01.15.2014

Q: What is your opinion of good mornings? I understand they’re bad for the back. A: What I find interesting … continue reading

Back Pain And Leg-Mass Gains

/ Posted 12.24.2013

Q: I have good form on the squat, but I often strain my lower back on it.  As a result … continue reading

Attack Your Back Like Big Mac

/ Posted 10.09.2013

The most exciting addition to the IFBB in recent times has been Cedric McMillan, who at 6’2” and 270 pounds … continue reading

Solutions to Low-Back Pain

/ Posted 09.30.2013

Many of us know all too well that low-back pain can be caused by training. The culprit exercises include barbell … continue reading

Building Strong Lumbars

/ Posted 09.12.2013

Last month it was all about the almost-straight-legged deadlift, my all-time-favorite lumbar exercise after good mornings. I covered the reasons … continue reading

Building Strong Lumbars

/ Posted 08.22.2013

Last month I stated the many reasons that it’s so important for every strength athlete to have a strong set … continue reading

Building Strong Lumbars with Good Mornings

/ Posted 07.30.2013

The lower back is the universal joint of the power plant. If you don’t have strong lumbars, the power generated … continue reading

Strength Training for Muscle Mass

/ Posted 07.23.2013

Q: I’ve been bodybuilding for nearly a year. For the past few months I’ve been doing sets of eight to … continue reading

5 Reasons Great Backs Are Rare

/ Posted 07.01.2013

Why is it that out of all the bodyparts, even legs, the one that gets the most neglect is back? … continue reading

Q&A: Your Back Muscles and How They Work

/ Posted 05.09.2013

Q: I’m confused about the different muscles of the back. Would you briefly explain the back musculature? A: The back … continue reading

Hardcore Workouts for Bigger Chest, Back and Arms

/ Posted 05.06.2013

Q: I’m interested in some hardcore workouts for my chest, back and arms. I’m not interested in getting any stronger, … continue reading

The Power Clean: The Athlete’s Exercise

/ Posted 02.19.2013

The very first exercise that I teach anyone starting out on a strength program is the power clean. Once athletes … continue reading

Is there really anything special about the bent-over barbell row?

/ Posted 10.30.2012

Q: Is there really anything special about the bent-over barbell row? I’ve injured my back many times on this exercise. … continue reading

Should You Attack Your Lower Back?

/ Posted 10.29.2012

I often hear patients and trainees proudly describe how they have designed a training program that avoids any training of … continue reading

A Different Look at Dumbbell Rows

/ Posted 10.16.2012

I have addressed dumbbell rows in previous columns over the years. This time I would like to examine a variety … continue reading

How Do I Train to Get A Thick Back?

/ Posted 09.15.2012

Q: I understand about back width, but I don’t understand about back thickness and how I go about developing it. … continue reading

Incline Pressing and Shoulder Stressing

/ Posted 07.09.2012

This month I address another popular chest exercise, the incline press. As you know, the incline press is typically performed … continue reading

Low-Back Aches From Training

/ Posted 06.15.2012

By “low-back aches” I’m not referring to an acute injury with severe back pain or low-back pain coupled with pain … continue reading

Best Back Extensions

/ Posted 04.14.2012

Q. Which are better, regular back extensions or those performed on an incline back-extension bench? And can either of them … continue reading

Kettlebell Warmup

/ Posted 02.21.2012

Q: What do you think about using kettlebell swings as a warmup for the lower back? I’ve had an issue … continue reading

How Branch Got a Bad-Ass Back

/ Posted 01.28.2012

Exactly three years before Branch Warren won the ’11 Arnold Classic, I was sitting in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in … continue reading


Rowing Machines and Lower-Back Pain

/ Posted 10.28.2011

You have a variety of rows to choose from when you train. Historically, they began with the barbell bent-over row. … continue reading

Building a Big Back and Chest

/ Posted 08.27.2011

Q: I’m looking for a good chest and back workout that will give me a great pump. Any suggestions? A: … continue reading


Great Workouts for Neglected Bodyparts

/ Posted 07.07.2011

When performing back extensions, extend your trunk no higher than parallel to the floor. To increase resistance, place a loaded barbell across your shoulders—world-class weightlifters have done the exercise with more than 200 pounds across their shoulders.

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