We're always working on our glutes, quads, abs and arms, but a lot of the time our backs get seriously neglected.
By now we've debunked the myth that pumping iron will bulk you up, so why aren't we lifting weights to tone our backs? The short answer is we aren't looking at our backs everyday, so it's easy to forget about it. It's time we fixed that, because building up muscle in your back can help burn fat, increase resting metabolic weight (the number of calories that your body burns at rest), and reduce risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Try out these five exercises to get started.
This is a full-body exercise that will make you feel strong from head to toe. You work your legs with the squat while targeting your upper and lower back with the overhead lift.
"This move is effective because it works multiple muscles at once. You can get more bang for your buck! It tones your upper back and shoulder area and even works your core -- bonus!" Marks advises, "Be sure to keep you belly button drawn into your spine the entire time to engage your core. Don’t let your knees go past your toes when you squat."
Next Up: Dumbbell one-point row
Updated by Sarah Long 1/13/17.
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