3 Exercises To Chisel Your Back Into The Perfect Tapered Torso

Kirsten Curtis |

At long lats! The key to a tapered torso.

Strong lats make you look and lift like a superhero. PS: you might need new tees (with a giant S, to wear under your mild-mannered suits).


1. Neutral-Grip Pull-Up
This joint-friendly move boosts shoulder mobility so you can safely lift overhead. Do It Hang from the parallel-grip handles of a pull-up bar so your palms face each other. Pull your chest to the bar, keeping your body rigid. Then slowly lower yourself. Do three to five sets of three to five reps.


2. Dumbbell Bench Pullover
Want to make a muscle grow? Stretch it out, put it under load. Do It Rest your upper back on a bench, hips up, feet flat, and knees bent. Cup a dumbbell over your chest. Slowly lower it behind you. Pause; pull it back up. Go for a minute. Add five to 10 seconds each session until you’re doing two-minute sets.


3. Straight-Arm Pulldown
A lat-strengthening finisher. Lean forward at the top (for muscle stretch); lean back at the bottom (for contraction). Do It Put your hands over the bar of a cable machine. Keep your arms straight as you pull down. Do three to five sets of 15 to 20 reps. Rest 30 seconds between sets.

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