Back muscles progress, i want some inputs and critics :)

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    Apr 15, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    So i have always had a hard time putting on mass on my back because of my height, i finally started doing heavy dead lifts and i have notices some progress, i have two pics, one from 2010 and the lower one is currently as of today, would like to get some tips critics about it, thanks

    2010 summer
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  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 15, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    Well a bunch of guys just jacked off I think, because none who looked posted an answer.

    Shoulders are awsome, uppper back too. There's something missing in you lumbar region.

    Are you working with a trainer to develop you overall at the same time?
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    Apr 15, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidWell a bunch of guys just jacked off I think, because none who looked posted an answer.

    Shoulders are awsome, uppper back too. There's something missing in you lumbar region.

    Are you working with a trainer to develop you overall at the same time?


    I am currently training myself, i have a degree in PhyEd with emphasis on personal training and nutrition, its always easy to train others,

    my lower back is not as defined as the upper lats or mid shoulder area,'

    Any other advices would be appreciated,
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 16, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    If you are doing a full range of back exercises, the problem may be genetics.

    If you are not doing a full range, ask a trainer for tips or watch and learn first hand from other guys at the gym. Ask and they will probably be happy to give advise.
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    What you are showing looks great but you are only showing part of the picture. What do your upper traps looks like? There's no picture that accentuates those (such as a most muscular pose or at least a behind pic with your arms at your sides). The lats look good but a proper lat spread pose would better show deficiencies in growth or symmertry. The rear delts and lower traps look good. THe lower back may need some added work but that would show better during a lat spread than the poses you've posted.
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    Apr 16, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    chi_rock saidIf you are doing a full range of back exercises, the problem may be genetics.

    If you are not doing a full range, ask a trainer for tips or watch and learn first hand from other guys at the gym. Ask and they will probably be happy to give advise.


    My back exercises consist of lat pull downs, single arm back rows, pull ups, dead lifts, and you are right, it could also be genetics, but i have progressed a lot from not having any back muscles to some definition
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    Apr 17, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    ..... anyone else have thoughts about this?
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Nope, just intensely jealous of an awesome set of lats.
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    Apr 19, 2012 8:23 AM GMT
    matrix1964 saidNope, just intensely jealous of an awesome set of lats.


    Hahaha, thanks kindly icon_smile.gif
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Apr 20, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    For me, there are two basic back exercises. Pullups or pulldowns and rowing. Mostly everything else seems to be a variation of those two. There is no point to attacking the same muscle too many different ways in a workout. So my back workouts are pretty short. I like to do overhand grip wide pullups for the lats. I typically use a belt with chain that I can run through some barbell weights. I also sometimes do narrow grip pulldowns, also overhand. For rowing, T-bar is great. But also free bent-over barbell rows or cable rows. Some guys like deadlifts. They are good too. I also do rear delts on back day.
  • Slickdog21

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    You seem to have gotten a little bit bigger with your lats. Are you doing any pull downs? Wide-arm pull ups? That helped me put on a lot of mass to my back.
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    Apr 21, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Hunkymonkey saidFor me, there are two basic back exercises. Pullups or pulldowns and rowing. Mostly everything else seems to be a variation of those two. There is no point to attacking the same muscle too many different ways in a workout. So my back workouts are pretty short. I like to do overhand grip wide pullups for the lats. I typically use a belt with chain that I can run through some barbell weights. I also sometimes do narrow grip pulldowns, also overhand. For rowing, T-bar is great. But also free bent-over barbell rows or cable rows. Some guys like deadlifts. They are good too. I also do rear delts on back day.


    I havent done much of T-bar, but i shall try to include in it, thanks for the idea. I like your exercise routine for the back. Looks solid.
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    Apr 21, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    Slickdog21 saidYou seem to have gotten a little bit bigger with your lats. Are you doing any pull downs? Wide-arm pull ups? That helped me put on a lot of mass to my back.


    Thanks for the reply icon_smile.gif

    I started doing the Wide-arm pull up about 3 months ago, using my own body weight, and it was hard at first doing only about 5-6 reps and now i can do a good 12-15 so thats a good progress and pull downs and i can tell the difference.