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The workout to get a back V-taper

Attack the latissimus dorsi to score a classic back contour.

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  • 45 min.

  • 4

  • Yes

Muscular Man With Wide Back
EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER / Getty
Muscular Man With Wide Back
EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER / Getty

Are you a stringbean with a slender waist who feels scrawny? Or perhaps overweight, with some extra luggage in the middle compartment? Concentrating on and developing a V-taper makes skinny guys appear much broader and creates better symmetry for folks on the heavier side.

We’ve asked Alfonso Moretti, C.P.T., for the must-try workout that can help any type of guy forge that coveted shape.

The muscle group to focus on: the latissimus dorsi. It’s the broadest muscle group of the back and is responsible for the highly sought-after “V-taper.”

Routine

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Attack your lats

Get that: The back V-taper

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 1 of 4

Lat Pulldown

Equipment
Cable Machine
Sets
3
Reps
8-12
Rest
60 sec.
Exercise 2 of 4

Dumbbell Pullover

Equipment
Bench, Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
12-15
Rest
60 sec.
Exercise 3 of 4

One-Arm Dumbbell Row

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
8-10
Rest
60 sec.
Exercise 4 of 4

Pullup

Equipment
Pullup Bar
Sets
3
Reps
AMRAP
Rest
60 sec. between sets.
*Use a wide grip for Sets 1 and 2, then switch to a closer grip for Set 3.
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