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Rate My Workout: Building A Better Back

Eric W. sent us his back workout and said he’s not getting stronger. Here’s how we fixed it.

Rate My Back Workout
Duration 30 min
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

OUR ADVICE

All your exercises require a lot from your grip, so by the time you’re halfway through the workout, your hands and forearms are too worn out to handle heavy weight. Using straps will allow you to train heavy and save your grip. You should also experiment with straight-arm lat pulldowns as a finisher. These work like pullups but don’t require any grip strength.

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Barbell Moves for Building a Bigger Back

Quick Tip: Don’t overuse straps. Building grip strength is important for deadlifting and long-term back development. 

Eric's Old Workout M&F Rating C-

Exercise 1

General Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
8 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 2

Close-Grip Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
6 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 3

Bent-Over Barbell Row
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3 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 4

Dumbbell Bent-Over Row
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3 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest

Eric's New Workout

Exercise 1

Bent-Over Barbell Row
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3 sets
6 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 2

Dumbbell Bent-Over Row
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3 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 3

Close-Grip Lat Pulldown You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine, Straight Bar Attachment, Bench How to
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3 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 4

Straight-Arm Pulldown You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine, Straight Bar Attachment, Lat Pulldown Bar How to
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3 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest
Use lifting straps
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