Back training is like the tax code of physique building. The methodology is as diverse as it is mystifying, and as complex as it is confounding, but in the end your goal is simple: You just want to get as much back as possible (pun intended). You experiment with new workouts and flirt with multiple angles, all with the hope of adding a little swole to your rearview. If this sounds like you, breathe deep and let this simple strategy wash over you: Pull heavy stuff. Rest. Repeat.

Unless youre considering donning a set of posing trunks and getting onstage, the diversity of your angle work is a bit inconsequential. As with other muscle groups, using progressively heavier weight is the most direct route to new strength and size. While pulling through multiple angles will help you target different parts of your back, the benefits are not so specific as to warrant the additional fuss. With a few vertical and horizontal pulls in your plan, youll add ample depth and width to your back.

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