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Perfect Back Workout

QUESTION: Hey Greg, I think you had one of the largest backs in the history of bodybuilding. What in your opinion would be the perfect back workout?

ANSWER: Thanks for the compliment! I’ve always had a love/hate relationship when it comes to back training. When trained properly back and legs are always the most taxing bodyparts to train. That’s because to build a big back, I’ve always used the adage of “row till you grow”. I always pick 2 or 3 rowing movements in any back workout. For me barbell rows were king and would always be a staple. I use either regular or reverse grip. The reverse grip version lends to a better squeeze at the top or contraction of the movement. T-bar rows are also a good choice as well as one-arm dumbbell rows. Pulldowns should play a secondary role and one pulldown variation per workout is sufficient. I prefer the reverse grip pull down. I finish by tying it all together with power-rack deadlifts with the bar just below your knees in the starting position. Two rows, one pulldown movement and deadlifts to finish and you're well on your way to a building a solid back. Keep the reps between 8 and 12.

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