Our back’s can go through quite a bit during the day. Whether you have an office job and find yourself sitting down more than standing up, or if you’re constantly on the go – twisting, bending, crouching… whatever it is, our backs can get the back end of it if we’re not careful enough.
So, it’s important to incorporate some back exercises into your workout schedule to keep it functional and healthy. Not only does this mean your quality of your life is increased (no injuries=happy you), but you’ll also find it easier to perform other exercises, e.g. squats, deadlifts, etc.
Just like I mentioned above – we all have a tendency to poor back posture, mainly from our daily activities. Therefore, working your back can massively improve this. A strong back will allow you to sit up correctly and have a strong core.
Obviously the more you work your back muscles then the more likely you are to gain mass and strength. Your back has multiple muscles and to name a few, these are: your lats, traps and the core erector muscles (which is found along the spine). Basically, the strength gained in your back helps support your spine which connects to many other muscles in your body.
If you have weak back muscles than you’re more than likely to suffer from strains or a build up of tension. No, thank you. These two factors can actually result in injury and pain which altogether will prevent you from working out.
If you’ve been working out your back muscles recently and stretching/warming them up properly (you can see a post here about the importance of warming up) then you may have noticed a slight increase in your flexibly. Whilst working your back through various exercises you’re also increasing it’s flexibility. In turn, this increases the range of motion, allows more oxygen to the muscle and allows you to do other exercises that you may have not been flexible enough to do before – deadlifts, for example.
So, now we’ve cleared up why it’s important to exercise your back I’ve provided a back AND biceps workout for you below. Why biceps as well, you may ask? Well, when we work our back muscles we are also activating the bicep muscles from pulling the weight. Therefore, it makes sense to pair both muscle groups together to get a double whammy. Ya get me?
When training back remember to really squeeze your muscles to get them working. I like to think that i’ve got a pencil in between my muscles and i’m trying to snap it. It works, trust me!
I have loved hearing about all you guys trying out my workouts recently! So please, keep it coming! And if you have a workout in mind then I’m all ears. Every little helps.