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  • Back Pain And Leg-Mass Gains

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

    Charles PoliquinDecember 24, 2013
  • Solutions to Low-Back Pain

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

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.September 30, 2013
  • Building Strong Lumbars

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

    Bill StarrSeptember 12, 2013
  • Building Strong Lumbars

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

    Bill StarrAugust 22, 2013
  • Building Strong Lumbars with Good Mornings

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

    Bill StarrJuly 30, 2013
  • Strength Training for Muscle Mass

    Q: I’ve been bodybuilding for nearly a year. For the past few months I’ve been doing sets of eight to 10...

    Charles PoliquinJuly 23, 2013
  • 5 Reasons Great Backs Are Rare

    Why is it that out of all the bodyparts, even legs, the one that gets the most neglect is back? Basically,...

    Ron HarrisJuly 1, 2013
  • Q&A: Your Back Muscles and How They Work

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

    Stuart McRobertMay 9, 2013
  • 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