In this world, time is the ultimate resource. You can always make more money, meet new friends, and find just about another resource through a combination of good luck and hard work. Time, however, is the one thing that is ultimately finite for all, and eventually, unfortunately, we will all run out of it! Barring all of this serious stuff, bodybuilding training is also affected in a major way by our time limitations. Sure, we have all seen the clips of professional bodybuilders training for two hours per day. Toss in time for cooking meals and taking showers, and you wonder how any of them have time for a job or social life! The truth is that many of these men don’t hold regular 40-hour per week jobs, which affords them the luxury of training for such a long time each day. For the rest of us, however, this might not be an option. So, we have to resort to short, fast, and effective training protocols which allow us maximum muscle group stimulation with minimal time devotion. Here is one such routine for back which allows one to hit all of the areas of the back with only 40 minutes of time.
Q: I am just getting into doing pullups, and have finally figured out how to keep the lower body still during each set - but don’t know whether I should pair pullups with biceps or back? I feel like my lats are weak, and wonder if I’ll get more overall benefit from doing pullups on back days. Which is it?
When one talks of great backs in the history of bodybuilding, Lee Haney and Victor Martinez come to mind as two of the best. Both men were blessed with wonderful genetics and trained very hard, but they trained very intelligently as well. They both attested to the importance of using chin-ups, or wide-grip pull-ups, in their back routine. They knew this movement worked like none other, and the results that they saw were undeniable, and in the case of Lee Haney, still discussed decades later.
When beginning bodybuilders first enter the gym, they often see the lat pulldown bar as the best invention since sliced bread. They aren’t yet able to complete bodyweight chin-ups or pull-ups, because their arms cannot pull their own body weight. However, they sure can pull down that very fun “cable doohickey” exercise, and they make the most of it. The attractiveness of the machine increases, as the newbie trainer notices his lats begin to flare for the first time, and discovers a hardness in the arms and shoulders that was never there before.