Hot answers tagged

18 votes
Accepted

Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I am a programmer myself and often spend about 10-13 hours a day in a chair and had similar problems. My solution - a full body 20 minute workout everyday, with emphasis on more 'active' physical ...
user avatar
8 votes

Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

If you are doing it in proper form, it'll build your middle back, lower back, glutes, legs and it'll also help strength the sides of the abs. Your shoulders and traps should see almost no change. ...
user avatar
6 votes

Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats

Bent over rows are not bad for your back when you are used to handling the weight. However, when your bent over row (AKA Pendlay Row) is pretty close to your deadlift weight, as happens on SL5x5, ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

The lower back is the failure point of back squats, and gets a lot of work out of them. So yes, back squats build the back. Are back squats the best for the lower back? Not always; I find deadlifts ...
user avatar
6 votes

How to avoid back pain when you are older?

It is smart to look at fitness when you are young with an eye on preventing problems as you age. Back pain can have multiple causes. Some of the causes stem from degenerative changes of the joints,...
user avatar
6 votes

Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns?

Not only is it OK, it's something you SHOULD do. Pull your shoulders down and back. It pushes your chest out, and engages your lats, which is the entire point of the exercise.
user avatar
  • 17.3k
6 votes

Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

First you need to realise that sitting all the time is not just bad for your back, but also bad for your learning. Break the learning into chunks of about 20min. Use the breaks for exercise. This ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Why should we start a pull-up with already retracted shoulder-blades?

Firstly, moving your scapulae through a full range of motion in a pull-up will not work the muscles responsible for elevating the scapulae (i.e. upper traps and levator scapulae), as gravity does the ...
user avatar
5 votes

Will chin ups hit my lats or biceps more?

Chinups (palms towards you) do activate your biceps more, but not at the cost of your lats. There's a bit of bro-science about pullups/chinups, but if you read a 2010 study in the Journal of Strength ...
user avatar
  • 14.9k
5 votes

Lat Pulldown vs. Pullups for back strength and bicep development

Both exercises will work your back significantly. It is really up to preference, I know a lot of guys who solely do pull ups to build a huge back as well as ones who solely do lat pulldowns. Both have ...
user avatar
  • 129
5 votes
Accepted

One side farmer carry

One sided or Unilateral Farmer Carries are actually a fantastic exercise. Since carrying the weight on one side causes a lateral flexion (side-bending) and rotational forces. To prevent yourself ...
user avatar
  • 2,775
5 votes

Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

Yoga's cat pose is perfect for this. 2 minutes of it before going to sleep. And then 2 minutes of extended cat's pose with stretching opposing arm and leg. Another exercise is pull-ups (or just hang ...
user avatar
5 votes

Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I'm a web developer, and I have to work for more than 10 hours a day. So in my opinion the best thing to do for any desk job or long periods of studying is taking small breaks, like 5 minutes every 1 ...
user avatar
  • 151
4 votes

Plateau Chest/Back - Need New Routine

You're spending too much time benching light and doing heavily-counterweighted "pull-ups". Instead of doing 36 light bench press reps and 3 or 4 heavy reps, do 15 to 25 heavy reps. Three to five ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

one arm dumbell bent over row - is it a complete exercise for the back?

would this cause injury? No more than any other exercise. This all depends on your form. If you are relentlessly contorting your back in order to pull 60kg, then yes, it probably will cause injury. ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
3 votes

Auxiliary exercise to help my inverted rows to progress

The barbell row really is a terrific exercise right up until (for me) you start going over your bodyweight. So if you're 180lb, having 180lb's of bar+plates tends to be pretty heavy primarily because ...
user avatar
  • 14.9k
3 votes
Accepted

What should be the volume and intensity of a posture workout program?

Workout program First off, I hope you're doing more than just the 5 exercises in the article you linked to. Those exercises are indeed a good set of exercises for the upper back, but good posture is ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
3 votes

How to use less abs/core in this exercise?

Other than bracing your midsection, you shouldn't be using abdominals at all in that exercise unless your form is very poor. The abdominals main function is to either curl the upper torso towards the ...
user avatar
  • 22.6k
3 votes

How does one strengthen the muscle that keeps the neck erect?

The major muscle that keeps the neck erect is the trapezius. It is fairly simple to strengthen it assuming you put in a consistent effort. To strengthen it in the best way possible, you should ...
user avatar
  • 1,966
3 votes

Really Bad posture now hurting me whats the best solution?

We can't provide a full life-routine for you to follow, as we'd need to diagnose a lot more than what we can see in the picture, and the paragraph you wrote. But I'll touch on the most immediate ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
3 votes

Does pushups help in straightning back?

There are different types of back exercises you can do to help work on a straight back and good posture, I'll name a few. Before I do though I want to point out that working on flexibility in your ...
user avatar
  • 4,123
3 votes

Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

This article from Business Insider talks about a study that concluded that 52 minutes of work followed by a 17 minute break was the work cadence that the participants' best employees used. You can ...
user avatar
  • 131
3 votes

Exercises for an overweight person to decrease weight who is also suffering from back ache due to long sitting hours

First things first (and I cannot stress this enough) is you need to get your back pain evaluated - there can be many different causes for it and if there is an underlying medical issue you risk ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Back muscles training - swimming vs stand up paddling (SUP)

As a lifelong swimmer, and current SUP and outrigger paddler I can give your first hand knowledge of both sports. Swimming can target back muscles, but most directly if you swim predominantly ...
user avatar
  • 179
3 votes
Accepted

How to fix scoliosis for better/safer perfomence in a gym?

Scoliosis can only be "fixed" with surgery, which involves spinal fusion and is a drastic intervention that permanently limits spine movement. However scoliosis tends not to cause any ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Can you workout back everyday in a 6 day workout

There isn't that much difference between horizontal and vertical pulling movements. Horizontal pulling will require more work from the scapular adductors (trapezius and rhomboids) and less from the ...
user avatar
2 votes

Are Rows or Pulldowns/Pullups Better for a Wide V-shape Back

I think you'll find over the long term, that one exercise is no better than the other at building the "V" shape you're after. Having said that, I'd add that we all tend to have one or more exercises ...
user avatar
  • 6,641
2 votes

How can i do pull ups at home?

I've had good luck with the Iron Gym Pull Up bar. It does require a standard-size door with a reasonably secure/level lintel and a few inches room on either side (much to my chagrin, I only have one ...
user avatar
  • 8,384

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible