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  • 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
  • Full or Partial Deadlifts?

    Q: When it comes to deadlifts and back development I am confused as to which form is better: partial deads in...

    Eric BroserNovember 27, 2010
  • Pain and the Behind-the-Neck Press

    A more serious injury that I have seen with this exercise more than any other move is disk protrusion, or herniation,...

    Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.November 3, 2010
  • Erectors, Power Racks and Box Squats

    At the Poliquin Strength Institute in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, I have two power racks and two lifting platforms. To me...

    Charles PoliquinOctober 19, 2010
  • Build a Better Back

    Proper technique is crucial if you want full lat development, and I see so many trainees missing the boat on this...

    Dave GoodinOctober 16, 2010
  • Back Feel for Size Appeal

    Back training is truly an art, and although eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman built the biggest back of all time simply...

    Eric BroserSeptember 16, 2010
  • Postactivation Size Surge

    Performing end-of-set static holds at the sticking point can do great things for muscle growth.

    Steve HolmanJune 3, 2010
  • Squat On, Part 1

    Bodybuilders who have a good structure for squats tend to have legs and thighs of average or shorter-than-average length relative to...

    Stuart McRobertMay 25, 2010