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The workout to get a back V-taper

Attack the latissimus dorsi to score a classic back contour.

Muscular Man With Wide Back
Duration 45 min.
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

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."

Attack your lats Get that: The back V-taper

Exercise 1.

Lat Pulldown You'll need: Cable Machine How to
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3 sets
8-12 reps
60 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Dumbbell Pullover You'll need: Bench, Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
60 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

One-Arm Dumbbell Row You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
8-10 reps
60 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
AMRAP reps
60 sec. between sets. rest
*Use a wide grip for Sets 1 and 2, then switch to a closer grip for Set 3.