[tps_header]An amazing back routine can improve posture, create muscular balance, and strengthen the core. Training your back will also stabilize the back, which is instrumental in most total body exercises. Working the back is also functional. Think of the ways you use your upper body strength: pulling yourself out of a pool, lifting a couch to help a friend move, holding your child, or carrying your groceries. Plus, a great looking back also helps to create the look of a sculpted waistline…and let’s be honest- who wouldn’t want that? Here are 5 exercises to you get started.[/tps_header]
[tps_title]Dumbbell Front Squat[/tps_title]
Equipment needed: Dumbbells
Set up with the feet wider than hips and turned out slightly. Hold dumbbells by your side, with the palms in, and shoulder blades back and down. Curl dumbbells to rest on the front edge of shoulders, with the chest lifted and weight in the heels. Hinge at the hips, shift weight down and back, and bend the hips and knees while keeping the back flat. There should be no tuck of the tailbone or arch in the lower back. Squat, keeping the weight in the heels and the chest up, until thighs come to parallel. Exhale and return to the starting position.