Put Your Back Into It

One of the biggest workout mistakes people make is only working their ‘mirror’ muscles. These are the muscles you see when you look in the mirror; chest, abs, biceps, etc. Most peeps forget about the backside. Here’s why that’s bad:
When you work one side of the body and neglect the other, you get muscular strength imbalances. For example, if you do a ton of push ups and chest work, but don’t work your shoulders and upper back, you’ll get really a strong but tight chest, and really weak shoulders. The result is shoulders that hunch forward or rotate inward and a back that’s rounded or hunched because of stronger muscles pulling the bones one direction and the weaker ones not being able to reciprocate. This isn’t healthy (or attractive).
What can you do about this, you ask?
Stretch the muscles you tend to work more,
then strengthen the muscles you neglect!
Do you work at a desk? Chances are you’re leaning forward all day and don’t have the best posture. You need to stretch out your chest, biceps, abs, and hip flexors. Then you need to work your rhomboids, rear deltoids, erectors (heehee), and glutes. Try a few exercises for the front of your body, then try a few with back side… see which is stronger.
Moral of the story?! Put your back into it.
You’ll be stronger.
And sexier.
’cause what’s better than a sexy back?
Cue Justin Timberlake…
*The thing I’m holding in the photo is a TRX Rip Trainer. See the sport cord attached to the bar on the left side? That makes it hard, because that resistance is pulling me to the left, so I’m resisting it with my core and using the right side of my body to keep me facing forward. It works your core like a mother. Just sayin’
**Photo taken of me by Adrian Li
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  1. Hahah awesome, thanks! I sat up straight as soon as I read this!

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