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  • The Power Clean: The Athlete’s Exercise

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

    Bill StarrFebruary 19, 2013
  • Is there really anything special about the bent-over barbell row?

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

    Stuart McRobertOctober 30, 2012
  • Should You Attack Your Lower Back?

    I often hear patients and trainees proudly describe how they have designed a training program that avoids any training of their...

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.October 29, 2012
  • A Different Look at Dumbbell Rows

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

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.October 16, 2012
  • How Do I Train to Get A Thick Back?

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

    Stuart McRobertSeptember 15, 2012
  • Incline Pressing and Shoulder Stressing

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

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.July 9, 2012
  • Low-Back Aches From Training

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

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.June 15, 2012
  • Best Back Extensions

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

    Charles PoliquinApril 14, 2012
  • Kettlebell Warmup

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

    Charles PoliquinFebruary 21, 2012
  • How Branch Got a Bad-Ass Back

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

    Ron HarrisJanuary 28, 2012
  • Rowing Machines and Lower-Back Pain

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

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.October 28, 2011
  • Building a Big Back and Chest

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

    Charles PoliquinAugust 27, 2011
  • Great Workouts for Neglected Bodyparts

    When performing back extensions, extend your trunk no higher than parallel to the floor. To increase resistance, place a loaded barbell...

    Charles PoliquinJuly 7, 2011
  • Getting A Weak Back to Grow

    Q: My back is my weak point. What did you do to get your back to grow? A: My back was...

    John HansenJune 19, 2011
  • Row to Grow Rear Delts

    Aside from legs, which many guys either don’t train at all—crazy but true—or don’t train as hard as the “show muscles”...

    Ron HarrisApril 2, 2011