Training your back is essential for the purposes of undoing all of our heavy anterior posture. While many of us sit at desks, or simply hunch or roll our shoulders forward, it’s easy to subconsciously train our backs to be weaker. Here, I’ll be sharing a few tips plus my favorite back exercises that are used within The Three Day Program.
We were created to hunt and gather, not to sit, stand, and lean over patients all day. But it’s part of what we have to do. Even myself being a therapist for 20 years and leaning over clients on tables, I too have to strengthen my back to balance this out.
More than likely, how you spend majority of your time is subconsciously training your anterior (front side) to be stronger and tighter, and the opposite muscles to be weaker. This is why people sitting at desks have neck problems and usually end up having to have surgery if this isn’t corrected soon enough.
When looking at a screen, your neck is in an unnatural position, shoulders are rolled forward, upper back starts to hunch, and the right shoulder blade and right side of the neck worsen from clicking the mouse. I bet you noticed it just as you read this!
Obviously, you need to work. It’s not like you can just live for free. Instead of leaving your job or living in pain, learn to balance it out. Breathe, stretch the front, and strengthen the back.
SET AN ALARM FOR EVERY HOUR
When you set an alarm every hour, consciously bring your attention to your breath. Take in a deep breath, feeling your lungs fill, your ribcage expand, and your shoulders lower down and away from your ears.
Do a simple 20-30 second stretch to the front of your shoulders or neck. Get yourself out of being hunched over all day. Maybe you can’t take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour, but you can at least breathe deeply, remember you are a human, and alternate stretches for the anterior side of your body (anterior delts, pecs, hip flexors, and neck).
If not, years of neglect will catch up to you and you’ll have to pay for it later. So take good care of yourself now while you can.
STRETCH THE FRONT AND STRENGTHEN THE BACK
Those anterior muscles get tight because they are pulling and hunched most of the day. No perfect human can maintain perfect posture all day, but what you can do is balance it out. That’s why training your back is so important.
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We focus on activating your lats, not just your traps. It’s easy to put too much energy and focus into the upper traps while executing movements where the lats need to be doing the work.
Another great part of training and developing the muscles in your back, is that a stronger back leads to less injuries in the future, and also creates the illusion of a smaller waist. Most guys and gals love that!
The wider your back is, the smaller your waist appears. Don’t worry about the bulking. You won’t look like the Hulk by training your back. Don’t be silly. It takes a great deal of extra work and extra food to get to that. If anything, training your back once a week will have you stronger and leaner.
TRAIN AND FUEL FOR YOUR GOALS
Train for you. Nobody else. And don’t waste time either, that’s why I’ll only train 3 or 4 days a week, even if I’m prepping for a show.
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BURN MORE BODY FAT WHEN TRAINING LARGER MUSCLE GROUPS
Don’t lie. We all want to feel good and look good. Everyone has their own goal or standards. You do you, whatever that is.
When wanting to lose body fat, most people think they need to do lots of cardio and eat salads to get there. They run a lot, eat salads, add in healthy smoothies, and get frustrated because they don’t get to their goal.
That’s because the you need to fuel yourself. Food is fuel. Salad is not fuel. Starving your muscles is not fuel either.
It’s actually eating more than you realize, and focus on lifting weights on the larger muscle groups. The larger muscle groups burn more fat, so that’s why in the program we focus on one day for legs, one for chest, and one for back. You’ll accomplish much more training those three days then doing cardio every day and eating some health food diet.
STUDY BACK TRAINING VIDEOS BELOW
If you are already training with The Three Day Body, here are my favorite back exercises that I describe. Each week is completely different, but it’s crucial to know what you are doing and walk into the gym with confidence. Form is everything, so don’t get sloppy.
If you are like me and train solo, you don’t have a someone yelling at you and correcting your form. It’s up to you to get into your own head, visualize perfect form with these videos, and go make it happen. I am very descriptive in the training program, but if you need more of a visual, I’ve shared my favorite back exercises below.
Visualization is important. Doing it well and doing it right, you can actually spend much less time in the gym than you think you need, and have phenomenal results.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
- Know your workout in advance.
- Visualize and study the videos below that you need. Cement them into your mind even more.
- Follow your customizable meal plan from the training program whether you are using macros or portion control guide.
- Use Granite Supplements for your own goal to get maximum results (use discount code BaileyD10).
- Fuel yourself well!
Back Exercise Videos
This article is great. As an avid runner, I always felt the need to run off my fat. Well, getting older has taught me that doesn’t work any longer and probably never did. I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and incorporating strength training for a leaner me. Thank you so much for sharing!
Made my day to hear from you Nina! It’s so frustrating to work sooo hard and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. You aren’t alone! Running is great if it’s something you enjoy! I like to put activities that I enjoy around the weight training, that way that base and foundation of being strong and lean (lean depending on how tight I’m on my nutrition though lol!!) is always there, and do the other stuff like spin class and snowboarding around the weights. So keep the running in for fun (and cardiovascular health) after workouts or on off days. Or some HIIT is an awesome fat blaster to do after training upper body or on off days, too! Thank you so much for connecting here!
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