Sexy And Sleek V-Taper: It’s All In Your Back Muscles
I used to work in the corporate world before for some years and I’m rather familiar with the signs and symptoms an office worker faces. The two biggest problems we always face are pain in the back and stiffness in the shoulder blades. Well, what can you expect when you are cooped up in a small cubicle typing furiously away on your computer or laptop busy replying to deadlines and emails?
But fret not. I’ll share with you how I eliminated these ailments once and for all. Yes, you guessed it right. Train your back muscles!
Your back muscles, otherwise also known as your latissimus dorsi (or lats for short) should never be neglected in favour of the other more “showy” muscles like your chest, shoulders and arms.
A strong back is not only vital for improving your overall strength in all other exercises, but it also improves your posture. Each time I get my participants in my grooming workshops to stand or sit, I can’t help but notice that the postures of some participants can be greatly improved. If only they were in tune to the benefits of training their back muscles. Chief of them all is that proper posture conveys confidence. A secondary benefit is that it helps decrease neck tension and gives the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.
If you regularly train your lats, you will eventually develop ‘wings’ like mine. I call them angel wings as it’s definitely an indication of a strong back. I am proud of them as I can wear my tank-tops with confidence. Even without flexing your muscles, your lats will still be prominently featured and seen. I’m sure the guys will agree with me. If you are lady, you too can wear your bikini or strapless dress and look absolutely stunning. Check with me if you wanna know how to train your lats. Welcome your sexy back!
For guys, having strong developed back muscles are your key to acing your Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT). My own research, supported by the testimonies of the crop of teenage male clients I’m training currently point to the fact that the chin-up station in the IPPT is the killer station that makes or breaks the entire test. Many have difficulty doing their pull-ups and because they fail to meet the minimum standard in this station, it pulls down their overall IPPT grade regardless how well they perform in the other four stations.
Two of the best back exercises I always make my clients do are the wide grip chin-ups and seated rows. Comprising an up-down motion and in-out motion respectively, doing both exercises consecutively or even supersetting them is a superb way to blast your lats into shape and make them stronger. And when that happens, kiss goodbye to back pain forever.