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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:37 am 
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I'm like Alex,

I LOVE training back. I go back and forth trying to decide what my favorite muscle group to train is, but back seems to always be first or second.

I'm not sure if it is because the back is so strong and can lift heavy weight or just the fact that the exercises are really fun.

Back is one of those muscle groups we can't see as we train them like arms or anything on the front side of our body so we can't always physically see it working. That might bother some people. I train in a sweatshirt most of the time so never see the muscles working anyway.

I would try to make it as fun as possible, set some goals, try to set new personal bests on lifts, join the hanging back contest, train with extra intensity.

All the best with the back attack!

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robert wrote:


Back is one of those muscle groups we can't see as we train them like arms or anything on the front side of our body so we can't always physically see it working. That might bother some people.



Rob, that's it!!! You figured it out. I am a very visual person, motivated by what I can see. That is why I must get bored working out back!!!!

Thanx for solving the mystery (seriously, i'm not being sarcastic).


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No problem Nat :)

It makes sense. I've come across people at the gym who don't like training back a whole lot because they can't "see" progress. I go by feel and love the feel of training back. And of course, like most, I do like to take a look at it so I go in the back of my gym where we have a posing area with mirriors in all angles so we can easily see our back, side, etc. all at the same time.

I used to always train in a tank top or tight shirt to watch all the muscles work, but now that I train in pants and a sweatshirt for the past year or two, all muscle groups are the same, I can't see any of them so I go off of feel and intensity.

Have fun hitting the back and focus on the feel and see if that helps.

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hehe, all you bodybuilders - i dont care what looks good or not - so long as im strong im happy :D

compash: deadlifts, done in a conventional or sumo stance, are primarily a back exercise. that is to say, it is not the only muscle used, but i would say 50% of the power comes from the lower and mid back. 20-30% comes from the hips, 20-30% comes from the legs. it sounds like you are doing straight leg deadlifts, which are quite different, and they hit your hams more. never the less, which ever deadlift you do, the back is paramount in terms of importance. strong deadlifters always have super strong backs.

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jonathan wrote:
hehe, all you bodybuilders - i dont care what looks good or not - so long as im strong im happy :D


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My back is my least favourite muscle group to train too - despite this it's not in bad shape.

Lugging heavy bags around on my shoulders everywhere does my back no good at all though. You remember that bag I brought to Manchester with me Jonathan...... :roll:


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how can i forget matt?! i mean shit, you must have left your house bare with all the stuff you packed! you gotta learn to travel light!

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