Back Exercise Isometrics

Believe it – in a few minutes your back will be bristling with power and strength

By Paul "Batman" J.O'Brien 

B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. IMed., Dip. Adv. OBB, Dip. CHM, M.AFPA., M.C.Th.A.

Back Exercise Isometrics will focus on working three major muscles;

  1. The Lower Back (the erector spinae – the two cords of muscle on the back responsible for good posture and the ones that cause the most low back pain)
  2. The Upper and Middle Back ( primarily the rhomboids, the muscles between your shoulders and the latissimus dorsi, the wings of muscles under your arms)
  3. The Lower Neck and Shoulders (primarily the Trapezius muscle, connecting your neck to your shoulders.

Each position should ideally be held for 30 seconds at the beginning (though shorter if you fatigue). It should be noted that your blood pressure can rise dramatically when performing these techniques so if you suffer form hyper tension or a heart condition check with your doctor first.

If you have any questions regarding these techniques and how to get the most out of them, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of 7 Seconds to A Perfect Body - with over 250 pages of awesome instruction, over 100 HD photos it has my complete back training program and training for every other muscle group to get YOU the body of your dreams.  

Breathing during isometrics is also very important. You should NEVER hold your breath during Back Exercise Isometrics or any other body part for that matter. The best way to breath is by taking a deep breath prior to an exercise and while tensing the stomach slowly “hissing” it out like a flat tyre or a snake. This will cause extra tension and power allowing you to push harder and really get the best results.

Here are 3 of the most effective Back Exercise Isometrics

The Top 3 Back Exercise Isometrics 

The start of the Wrestler's Bridge

The Bridge

This is one of the best exercises in the world bar none. It can quite advanced for some but is worth mastering. This works every aspect of the back and is the key to Back Exercise Isometrics.

  1. Lie down with your back on the floor.
  2. Place your feet as close as you can get to your bum and hip distance apart.
  3. Press your feet firmly into the ground
  4. Put you hands palm down on the ground behind your head.
  5. Push your body and back off the ground
  6. As you do so concentrate on making your back as tight and hard as possible.
  7. After a few seconds you should feel you’re back, arms and glutes shaking all over – this is the muscles tiring as they work really hard – this is Isometrics.
  8. Hold this Position for 30 seconds.
  9. Slowly release – this is important, after intense contraction your body needs time to unwind.

The Wrestlers Bridge

Superman

This focuses on the Lower Back and will get you flying around real quick

  1. Lie down with your stomach on the floor
  2. Hold both arms out in front of you – like Superman
  3. Raise you body off the ground using your back muscles
  4. As you do so concentrate on making your back as tight and hard as possible.
  5. After a few seconds you should feel you’re back, arms and glutes shaking all over – this is the muscles tiring as they work really hard – this is Isometrics.
  6. Hold this Position for 30 seconds.
  7. Slowly release – this is important, after intense contraction your body needs time to unwind.

Towel Row

Focusing on the rhomboids between the shoulder blades

  1. Get a long towel or rope
  2. Sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. (you should look like an L on its side).
  3. Holding the towel with one end in each hand place around your feet.
  4. Pull the rope back – try ot get your elbows to touch behind you.
  5. As you do so concentrate on making your back and the space between your shoulders as tight and hard as possible.
  6. After a few seconds you should feel you’re back, arms and glutes shaking all over – this is the muscles tiring as they work really hard – this is Isometrics.
  7. Hold this Position for 30 seconds.
  8. Slowly release – this is important, after intense contraction your body needs time to unwind.

Back Stretch

  1. Stand up tall and straight.
  2. Hold your arms out as far as you can
  3. Interlace your fingers
  4. Round your back out and stretch
  5. Relax.

Congratulations!

If you’ve followed the above Back Exercise Isometrics routine it should have taken no longer than 2 minutes and you have just done a complete back workout! Your back should feel warm (maybe slightly stiff if this is your first time), relaxed and powerful. Try it again after a days rest. 

Now here's a bonus - a video covering several more Isometrics for the back!

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