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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.

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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. 

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Eric's Old Workout

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Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 1 of 4

General Pullup

Equipment
Pullup Bar
Sets
3
Reps
8
Rest
60 sec
Exercise 2 of 4

Close-Grip Pullup

Equipment
Pullup Bar
Sets
3
Reps
6
Rest
60 sec
Exercise 4 of 4

Dumbbell Bentover Row

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
12
Rest
60 sec

Eric's New Workout

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 6 of 4

Dumbbell Bentover Row

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
10
Rest
60 sec
Equipment
Adjustable Cable Machine, Bench, Straight Bar Attachment
Sets
3
Reps
10
Rest
60 sec
Exercise 8 of 4

Straight-Arm Pulldown

Equipment
Adjustable Cable Machine, Lat Pulldown Bar, Straight Bar Attachment
Sets
3
Reps
12
Rest
60 sec
Use lifting straps
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