Getting upper back mass
- 12-18-2007, 08:11 AM
Getting upper back mass
This has bothered me for years. My chest, my bi's my Tris, my legs and my abs are all developed. The one thing i have wanted is back thickness. What types of exersises will aid in developing a thick back.
MY current back workout.
Weighted pull ups
3x6-8 with a 35 pd plate
front db shrugs
Rear bb shrug
weighted Hyper extensions or deadlifts
- 12-18-2007, 09:14 AM
- 12-18-2007, 02:43 PM
12-18-2007, 03:50 PM
you have it backwards. Pullups palms are facing away. chinup palms are towards you. both widen lats. for upper back i would do deadlifts and pullovers.
12-18-2007, 03:54 PM
Snatches- They work wonders for adding thickness
T-Bar Rows- Always good
Incline Shrugs- Works an odd part of your upper back.
Muscle Pharm Rep
12-18-2007, 03:58 PM
- 5'10" 220 lbs.
- Join Date
- Jan 2006
Cleans and deads
M.Ed. Ex Phys
12-18-2007, 04:17 PM
Upper back thickness, definitely dead lifts.
Pull ups/chin ups, the primary difference in palms facing toward or away from you is grip strength. Palms facing you relies on heavy recruitment of the biceps and your flexors in their strongest position and palms away relies primarily on your forearms. As far as which back muscles they hit, not different enough to be able to build a different looking physique whether palms facing toward or away. Bottom line, the lats are performing a vertical resistance. The plan of motion for the muscle is up & down, how your hands are turned effects primarily grip strength (how easy or hard it is to hang on). More often then not, the average person can do more pull ups with palms facing them, it's because you're involving more biceps, not because your incorporating a different part of your back as oppose to palms away (which again, is a heavier reliance on forearms then bi's, which is why most people can't do as many pull ups with palms facing away). I said "most" so if your an exception, then you have great forearm flexor(s) strength, more power to you.
Side note: Your strongest grip position on the pull up is palms facing each other (like doing pull ups on parallel bars). This recruits the brachioradialus, which is generally much stronger then your flexors or extensors, and this is also why hammer curls are generally stronger then supinated bicep curls.
NSCA - CSCS
12-19-2007, 08:46 AM
12-19-2007, 08:48 AM
- 5'10" 200 lbs.
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
deads and tbar IMO, also BB rows as well
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12-19-2007, 04:01 PM
I've been doing neutral grip pull downs for a few weeks now and it seems to have really flared my back more. I feel more of a contraction in my lats while doing the exercise also. I thin its because you can pull your elbows in closer to you body with a neutral grip vs. using a wide grip bar, IMO.
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12-19-2007, 04:37 PM
NSCA - CSCS
12-19-2007, 06:27 PM
12-19-2007, 06:37 PM
Everyone here sounds right. One Arm DB Rows on a bench is what I think made my back thick. It allows you a longer ROM, at least for me and I can really feel my back working.
I've always had a problem with BB rows though because its hard for me to feel my back working and I also have a habit of jerking my body slightly when I go heavy.
I can do more weight with DB Rows for some reason too. I can do around 100-110 DBs for reps but only like 185 on the bar and thats jerking it. I also have a bad left foot making it hard for me to balance though.
12-19-2007, 07:54 PM
You could do a Fiber Damage/ Fiber Saturation protocol for a few weeks.
*Tempo is negative/pause/positive X means "explosive tempo"
Fiber Damage (2 exercises focused on slow eccentric & 1 exercise focused on a longer contracted pause) All exercises to failure.
Exercise #1 2 sets of 6-8 reps ** 4/1/X
Exercise #2 2 sets of 6-8 reps ** 8/1/X
Exercise #3 2 sets of 6-8 reps ** 1/4/1
** A few rest pauses could be added
Fiber Saturation (1 exercise designed to pump blood and send nutrients into the muscle - i.e. a pump set)
Exercise #4 1 set of 30+ reps 1/0/1
Protein shake prior to workout.
Sip BCCAs (plus carbs if on a bulk) throughout the workout. (Cit. Malate works well for energy)
Post workout nutrition.
Result = BOOM!
12-22-2007, 11:01 AM
Screw the barbell rows, at least for me the only thing they got me was hurt. For upper back mass, I would suggest variations of the t bar row, and one arm dumbell rows. Of coarse as everyone said, heavy deads for overall strength and mass. To keep the upperback tight, pullovers and straight arm pushdowns (or whatever the hell they're called, if someone could enlighten me I'll rep you. I work out with a guy who's turning pro and we call it that push down thingy as we motion with our arms).
12-22-2007, 07:29 PM
As far as the down thingy, "standing, straight arm cable pull downs." If you do them bent over you create a greater range of motion.
NSCA - CSCS
12-22-2007, 07:43 PM
I love my back and yes it is def thick. Upper then tapers nicely, nowthat im done self indulging...haha
Rack pulls= Awesome.
Face pulls with the rope=i just added them a few months ago and see nothing but progress and feel it for sure.
DB Rows on the incline are great also, as stated above.
Seated heavy rows. If you can find your weight of control but heavy for about 3-4 sets of 6 reps you'll be gold.
Hyper extensions for your lower back will help you tighten the lower up thus make your upper look thicker or wider.
ITs BBing its not about actuall size(but yes 90% of the time is) if you can creat an illusion itll help.
PS- a bak day ofr me looks like
Seated rows or deads.
DB rows or Bent BB rows.
Shrugs or face pulls
Pulldowns. Palms face in elbows within 2-3 inches of side when i pull down. Sometimes i go wide grip
Hyper extensions or Good AMs, if im feeling insane/dumb/frisky ill do both, just BECAREFUL how much back you do and always do lower last as you dont want to weaken the weakest part of your back then do deads...uggg.
12-22-2007, 07:46 PM
12-22-2007, 08:28 PM
01-04-2008, 11:31 PM
i was asking the same question for a while. Upper back and lower trap region the answer is:
Bentover barbell rows with limited range of motion. Almost as if your bending over and trying to shrug the weight. Also underhand grip and squeeze at the top.
Go to the cables and cross your arms and start them in the front position and then extend them back to your sides for your rear delts and uppder back lower traps.
01-05-2008, 02:32 AM
Best thing I did to put mass on my back, including a ton on my overall body was HST, pull ups, deadlifts and seated GM...
01-05-2008, 04:52 AM
dead lifts, pullups, T-Bar Rows, lat pulldowns and some rows (cable and machine) will help add thickness and mass to your back...
when you get the chance take a look at Ben White (2007 NPC USA- Super-Heavyweight and Overall) and his back!!!
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