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    Back: thickness or width?

    I recently began focusing on back. Not sure which aspect of my back should be improved upon at this point. Should I focus on thickness or width? I sumo deadlift, seal Row, and do weighted chins, each on different days. Squats and deadlifts have a lot of spinal loading, thus the Seal row. Doing a bent over row variation was too much on the lower back.

    I recently cut down to 165 lbs. at 5’8, which is my current size in this photo.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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    I don't think you're at a point where you need to focus on one. Just continues growing your back.

    Great frame tho to build on
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    Originally Posted by jk202 View Post
    I don't think you're at a point where you need to focus on one. Just continues growing your back.

    Great frame tho to build on
    Thanks for the feedback. Deadlifts, seal rows, and weighted chins will be my mainstay, and I'll just keep up progressive overload over time.
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    I think you would have to be a pretty advanced BBer if you are working on thickness or width specific exercises. For me for the most part its pretty hard to hit one or the other but if you are asking in generals, I would prefer a wide back ... because I don't have one

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    I like seal rows as well. Are you using DB or BB? I like to rotate elbows out DB.

    I seem to get much better ROM with DB's
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    If you really want an opinion try thickness for a while, your width is impressive.
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    Originally Posted by MecGen View Post
    I would prefer a wide back ... because I don't have one
    I'd prefer both a wide and thick back, because I don't have either!
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    Originally Posted by Episteme View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Deadlifts, seal rows, and weighted chins will be my mainstay, and I'll just keep up progressive overload over time.
    You need to add pullups to that, I know you said chins, but chinups target the bicep more.
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    Not what you want to hear, but a cut and dropping that BF% would really make the back look killer
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    Do you have to train at home?

    If so seal DB rows and pendlays for 10+ reps are good. As well as rack pulls for 10+ reps from below the knees, with a hip hinge should help. I like one arm rows but not as much as I used to, and usually for 15+ reps

    If you have a gym then the hammer iso row and high row (with variable handles) are my mainstays. Shrug bar shrugs with forward lean and cable row shrugs at various angles are great too for the traps
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    Width looks good... add some thickness. Deads.
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