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Back Exercises??

Hi everyone, I am getting married this year and I have about 10 more pounds to lose. I am really wanting to tone my back since it shows in my dress and am wondering if anyone has any ideas for things I can do at home?

I don't belong to a gym but I do run 3-4 times per week and do push ups and exercise ball workouts so any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Tue. Aug 8, 11:41am

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Situps work for me

Situps using a situp bench always work for me. Actually it seems to tone my back more than my abs -- not sure why -- I would like it to work more on my abs!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 11:46 AM

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back exercises

upright row, bent row, pull ups has some back exercises

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 12:06 PM

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I think there's a move called the "Superman" where you lay on the ground and lift up your legs and feet and torso (and use back muscles to pull both off of the ground)--the end result is that you are "flying" like Superman--If I remember correctly, it's a good exercise that works out your back.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:04 PM

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That superman move is like full locust in yoga - awesome for your back.

Ditto on the standing rows.
Also pulldowns.
Shrugs for your traps.
Work your delts for nice shoulders - lateral raises with the cable.

My trainer has me doing some crazy exercises that have really flattened/toned the area between my shoulder blades. As I look now, they are for the posterior deltoid. The exercise I do looks like this:

But I'm standing with one foot up on a bench for support, but your arms stay at that level.

Also, use the link below. You click on the body part and it links you to exercises for that area. Very coo.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:31 PM

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go to and go to poses, then read up on "cobra pose", "locust pose" and "bow pose". I have found all three to strengthen and tone my back rather well! yoga journal gives thorough descriptions on how to get into the position as well as pictures so you know if you are doing it right. If flexibility is just not there for you, avoid bow pose, you don't want to hurt yourself! As with ALL back exercise, if you feel any pain at all, back off a little.

Also great to tone your back, good old fashioned push-ups, as well as the ab toner known as a "hover" (you lie on your belly, forearms resting on the floor in front of you, clasp hands together and lift your body up in a straight line and hold, the only parts of your body that should be touching the floor are your feet and forearms/hands. If you need modification, rest knees on the floor (as you would w/ modified push-ups). squeeze abs to hold yourself up.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 2:06 PM

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