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Mass-Building Back Workout

  • By Eric Edge
  • 08 Aug, 2017

With Kizzito Ejam

If you're looking to round out your muscular physique, a strong back is an absolute must. Try this intense, mass-building workout to put on size and build a stacked back!
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1. Seated Leg Curl - 3 sets, 12 reps
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Just ask NutraBio-sponsored athlete Sarah Hunsberger. Back in high school, she was excited to sign up for her very first gym membership.

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| Phase Two Training Split |
Day 1: Chest
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Day 4: Back
Day 5: Biceps and Triceps
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Flat-bench dumbbell press:
I prefer using dumbbells on the flat bench, because you can get a greater range of motion than you can with a barbell. Bring your hands in closer for a tight contraction, depending on the size of the dumbbells being used.

Close-grip bench press:
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This version, as opposed to the parallel bars, lets you maintain an upright body position, which puts more stress on the triceps. Make sure the distance between benches allows for a full range of motion.

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