How To Build A Kickass Upper Back

Everyone that has it knows the feeling. You throw on a t-shirt and it gets “stuck” on your upper back. You have to adjust it a little bit to make it fit properly and you’re good. Ahh the joys of having a big upper back. Let’s face it, when people write “how to build a big back” articles, they usually encompass the entire back as opposed to the powerful upper back.

It’s just a look you know?

A look of strength and power. It’s like having big arms. It just looks cool. So without giving you a bunch of techno jumbo, here’s how you build a kickass upper back. There’s a few rules that you need to follow.

1. You have to lift progressively heavier weight.

I think that this is why everyone is stuck on deadlifting and rows. Don’t get me wrong, those are the big boys of back training but why? They have that status because you can lift the most weight with them. You can progress the most with those two movements over any other back exercise. So keep that in mind and make sure that you are deadlifting and rowing.

2. Put baby in the corner.

T-bar rows have gone the way of the dinosaurs. You know the old school move where you pull a barbell into the corner and anchor it down. That move builds some serious size. ┬áMake sure it’s in your routine.

3. Don’t worry about chin-ups.

Listen, I love them and I think that they are fantastic for building muscle mass but the fact of the matter is that most people can’t do multiple sets of 8-12 reps. They’ll build you a big back but you have to do them first, which means your deadlift or barbell row will suffer. Save the chin-ups for a accessory movement if you are going to do them at all. In it’s place, add some pulldowns.

At the end of the day, if you want a kickass back you have to train it hard. Not necessarily heavy but you must progress each workout. Get stronger on your deadlifts and rows and push yourself to progress each workout.

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