Workout Tips

6 Big Finishers for Every Major Muscle Group

Finishing off your routine with moves that take you to the limit is the fast-track route to muscular growth.


Finisher for Back

Straight-Arm Pulldown
Standing Low-Cable Row
3 Rounds
Sets: 2
Reps: 12, 20

This superset combines a good isolation move for the lower lats with a high-rep move done at a nearby cable station to deliver a knockout pump to your back.

Attach a neutral-grip V-handle to a low-pulley cable for the second half of the move. Then attach a lat bar or a short straight bar to the upperpulley cable and stand erect about 2 feet or arm'’s length from the bar. Use an overhand, shoulder-width grip, keeping your arms straight and your knees slightly bent. Pull the bar down until your arms are parallel to the floor.

Pull the bar down until it approaches your thighs, feeling your lats do the work. Repeat for reps, then quickly move to the low cable, standing just more than arm's length from the V-handle. From a slightly bent-over position with your feet wide and your back in its natural arch, pull the handle into your midsection, bringing your elbows as far back as you can. As you start to fatigue, speed up the pace.