Yes, we all know that lifting heavy leads to improved strength, testosterone production and muscle mass. And furthermore basic heavy lifts are the best for stimulating growth especially for newbie muscle heads.
But whenever I go to the gym I always see lifters going heavy and all out on chest and ONLY on their chest to the exclusion of anything else. These lifters go heavy on mirror-body parts and they suck up on important lifts like deadlifts, squats, and lifts for the back – you see that is a mark of an amateur.
What these lifters fail to realize is that mirror muscles like chests may respond to both lower volume and weight and can indeed respond well even to “not so heavy” poundages, you know – stuff that you can lift for like 8 reps and then squeeze in some high intensity moves like drop sets, and inflitonics (my favorite) every now and then.
Another thing that these guys are missing out is going heavy on back lifts almost risk free!
You see it’s very very easy to go heavy on back lifts – and for one the back or the entire Latissimus dorsi muscle is the longest group of muscle on the entire upper body and it basically covers the entire length of your torso. Now imagine how much bigger will you become if only you would take your back lifts more seriously.
Compare the back to the chests:Follow @AboutLifting
So I said it is very easy to go heavy on back lifts – that is because most (if not all) lifts for the back begin and end with the weight on its rested position; unlike most chest or pressing lifts wherein you would need to exert extra effort to re-rack the weights to the midpoint of the move.
That means that with back moves, one can very well experiment with heavier weights without worrying what will happen if they’d reach failure – one can just drop the weight or return it to the start position effortlessly, it will not run the risk of clumsily crashing into you. Thus you can even train alone even without a spotter even if you plan to go heavy and all out on your back day.
Do some heavy Bent-over Rows, forgodsakes!
Now imagine that advantage of training heavy for a major body part with little to no risk at all. And this bodypart when overdeveloped will bring out all of your physique – especially the chest since it will pull your shoulders backwards exposing you chests to the world. Now there is no other better bodypart to train heavy on than your back!Follow @AboutLifting
For your comment (below): What do you think? Do you tend to train heavy in back? What are your favorite lifts to do on a back day? Eat your eggs, people!