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I have been doing lat pulldowns (with a wide bar grip and a narrow bar grip) and reverse flys with increasing weight. I want to change things up and add some different exercises. Any suggestions?

Sat. May 13, 9:46pm

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this one is from yoga. it may not feel like it is doing much the first couple of times you do it-but if you do it several times a week your back will feel and look stronger in no time!

It's called the locust pose. Lie on your stomach on a mat with your hands at your sides. Inhale and raise your arms, and lift your upper torso as much as you can (only do what feels comfortable-do not "push" yourself here-your back needs time to adjust) and also lift and flex your legs and feet at the same time. Hold this position for 3 breaths. repeat. Work your way slowly up to 7 breaths. This will strengthen your whole back as well as your butt and hamstrings.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 2:19 PM

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Is that the same as the "superman" pose that I've seen in some fitness magazines?

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 2:35 PM

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Will this help shoulders and upper back to look more toned and feel stronger too? That is the part of the back I need help with.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 4:14 PM

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push ups. If you need more resistance, do it with legs elevated on a chair or balance ball. Push up are really really underrated.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 8:47 PM

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i don't know if it's the same as the "superman" in some magazines . . but it does look like you are flying when you are doing it! so maybe it is the same!!

i know it "stretches" your shoulders but i don't know if it will tone them (keep shoulders down and back when you are doing this i should have mentioned) but yes it will tone your upper back. i used to have lots of "back fat" where my bra line was (oh was that UGLY!) and doing poses like this in yoga has helped soooo much! I still have a bit of fat there, but i look much more toned and my back feels a lot stronger.

the 8:47 poster is right-pushups are great for shoulders (and for chest/abs/back etc!). make sure your wrists are straight.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 11:11 PM

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If you google "back exercises" you will get plenty. Here is a good resource that popped up with little videos as well.


Monday, May 15, 2006, 12:26 PM

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barbell rows
one arm rows
seated cable row
t bar row
super pullover

Just a few suggestions.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 1:17 PM

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