Here is a killer 45 minute back workout that you can do at home with just a set of dumbbells and a pullup bar. This is an back (lats,latissimus dorsi)workout for the advanced bodybuilder, if you are new to bodybuilding please check my website for a more appropriate workout.
Make sure you have done warm-up sets for both biceps and triceps before starting this workout because we start in with really heavy weights and you don’t want to get injured.
Intensity and focus are really important when you do this workout. Don’t hold back anything, treat every set as if it were your last. I know I sound stupid with all my grunting and groaning but when I give it 110%, I can’t help it. Here is the workout:
Superset 1: Wide grip pullups and dumbbell rows
Superset 2: Alternating grip pullups and dumbbell pullovers
Superset 3: Narrow grip pullups and bent over dumbbell rows
Repeat the above 5-6 times, the complete workout should take about 45 minutes. If you don’t like reconfiguring the dumbbells all the time you can also just do each superset combo 5X and then move on to the next combo. This workout should be done once every 5-7 days depending on your age.
Anyone can be healthier, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better about themselves through bodybuilding. Bodybuilding doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time, gyms are great but home workouts can save you time and money. A cheap dumbbell set from a garage sale or walmart is all it takes to get started with your home workouts.
The pullup is the #1 best exercise for building wide lats. In this video I’m going to show you the proper form to build cobra-wide lats. Just a note here, there are many pullup variants that have goals other than building really wide lats. I’m focusing here on the form you want to use if you want to target lats and build your lats as wide as possible for a great V taper.
If you cant do a single pullup, then please start with pullups for beginner in a previous post.
Pullups for the total beginner. How to build your strength up so you can do eight honest pullups! Man or woman, 13 or 80 – YOU CAN DO IT! This five phase program breaks it down for you.
In this video I’m going to show you how to do chinups, also called underhand grip pullups. When you do these, your palms are toward your face. These are a great exercise for many reasons.
When you do chin ups, its not just your lats doing the work, its your biceps too. This has a lot of advantages. If you are a beginner who cant do an overhand grip pullup, then do chin ups untill you are strong enough to do pullups. The other great use of chin ups is a way to work your biceps when you dont have any weights available to you, because you are on vacation or because you simply cant afford them. You can get an amazing whole bodyworkout without any weights at all: pushups, pullups, chin ups, crunches, hanging windshield wipers, and walking lunges. A killer workout at vacation or at home.
Now lets talk about form, first of all, I HATE the name “chin ups”. The reason is that it puts people in the horrible mindset that they have to get their chin up above the bar. Dont try to get your chin above the bar, that causes people to do crazy and dangerous things. They kick, swing, and crane their neck like a turtle, or dislocate their neck attempting to get their chin above the bar. Just go as high as you can.
Use slow form, this is the right speed about 2s up and 2s down
Go up as high as you can but dont worry about getting chin above bar
When you go down, dont hang and relax. Dont let shoulders move up toward ears
This is a tricep workout that myself and Vince DelMonte did while working out on vacation in Las Vegas. The small hotel gym we were training at had a limited amount of equipment (i.e. an adjustable bench, dumbbell rack, and some resistance machines). So this entire tricep workout is done using just dumbbell exercises only.
We used the Positions Of Flexion style of training which starts with a mid-range compound exercise (rolling db extensions), then goes into a fully streched exercise (overhead db extenstions), and finishes up with a peak contraction exercise (db tricep kick backs).
Chin ups are a little different than pull ups because you use an underhand grip. Learn tips and techniques for working out the chest, back, shoulders, and arms in this weightlifting video.
When it comes to getting bigger shoulders there are a lot of shoulder exercises that you can choose from. The problem is that because the shoulder is such a delicate joint, choosing the wrong exercises in your shoulder workout can be devastating.
In a recent Men’s Fitness Magazine issue, I was asked to write about exercises that can be improved and made less dangerous. First up, and featured in this video, is the upright row exercise. This shoulder workout wrecker is one of the worst exercises you can do because it puts your shoulders in the impingement position at the top of the movement.
The use of the barbell when doing it makes it even worse. The best thing you can do is swap dumbbells for the barbell and then be sure to keep your elbows LOWER than your thumbs at the top of the exercise. This helps to make the shoulder exercise more of a high pull and places the joint in external rotation instead of internal rotation normally seen with the upright row.
Watch this – it’s a good one! Litle Jonas at 9-10 months old doing chin ups on a computer desk to be closer to the computer screen. He thinks he can pull himself up onto the desk… not sure if this is a sign to get a real TV or would he just try and climb that?