Home / Exercising / Exercise tools / Exercise Videos / Back exercises

Back exercises

Finding back exercises that cover both upper back and lower back regions is not always easy. But check out our exercises below to get yourself started. With back exercises being important for prevention of all range of troubles, ensuring equal attention to both upper abd lower back exercises is essential:

The Upper Back

Dumbbell Row

Strongly stresses the latissimus dorsi - the 'wings' of the upper back.

Barbell Row

Using a barbell allows you to lift more weight, which means quicker development.

Cable Row

A good exercise to stress all of the upper back muscles over a wide range of motion.

Dumbbell Pullover

An isolation exercise which develops the mid head - may help to broaden the shoulders.

Barbell shrug

This simple movement will strengthen the shoulders, upper back and neck muscles.

Dumbell shrug

Very similar to exercise 5 - dumbbells may be easier to use and allow full ROM.

Build yourself a program
  Exercises Sets Reps Rest
Beginner 1 or 3 2 12 - 15 2 minutes
Intermediate 2, 3, 5 3 10 - 12 90 seconds
Advanced 2, 4, 6 3 6 - 8 2 minutes

The Lower back:

Back Extension

A simple but effective exercise which will strengthen the muscles around the lower spine.

Back Extension (with partner)

Similar to 1 - however this variation will aid further development with the use of weights.

Build yourself a program
  Exercises Sets Reps Rest
Beginner 1 2 15 - 25 2 minutes
Intermediate 2 3 12 - 15 2 minutes
Advanced 2 4 6 - 8 3 minutes




Related articles :


Exercise videos :


Quizzes & tests :

» Exercise bikes
» Resting heart rate
» Muscle fitness
» 60m sprint
» Flexibility
Body function
Body & fitness
Fitness tests
Exercise tools
Ask the trainer
Exercising the Body
Online trainer
Exercise Videos
Abdominal exercises
Arm exercises
Back exercises
Chest exercises
Leg exercises
Shoulder exercises
Home workout
Types of training
Special populations
Subscribe to our newsletter here. Submit your email below and choose from the options on the next page.