Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Build Your Back

It's not very often we see our back in the mirror but it is important that we train it. Many approach their body from an aesthetic standpoint but considering the amount of time we spend seated, back strength is more important than ever.

Back pain and discomfort are very common and often associated with basic daily activities like standing, lifting and carrying. To avoid this you need to strengthen your back and bones with resistance training. Resistance training is not only important for strength but also posture which in turn impacts our appearance. Great posture will instantly make you look leaner.  Resistance training is also vital in the prevention of osteoporosis in both men and women during mid life. Whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond you can make positive changes with the right training program. 

People generally overestimate how quickly and just how much muscle they will build. Developing natural muscle takes time and effort but you don't need to do a lot to make improvements.  Back exercises involve a pulling motion and you can do this in a horizontal and vertical planes of motion. You can't train your back without the use of your arms so to keep the focus on the back and off the biceps ensure that your form is good and the weight is right for you.You will definitely feel the changes before you see them.  Your genetics, training program, nutrition and commitment are all important variables. If you're worried about building too much, don't worry it's not likely you will. Just get started instead. Muscle won't make you look big. On the contrary shedding body fat and exposing muscle definition will give your body shape and make you look firm. When I'm preparing for a competition and my body fat drops people are often surprised to see how small I really am even though my muscles look big in pictures. I've been 130lbs in a size  9-10 and I've also been 130lbs in a size 2-4. Muscle matters!

Enjoy yourself in good health and fitness.