Arnold Schwarzenegger Blueprint Trainer Day 32

Chins for width, rows for thickness, T-bars for detail. It's Arnold's formula for the perfect back, and yours too.

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You may not often see someone as big as Arnold doing pull-ups for big reps in the gym, but chins were a crucial part of his training throughout his youth and competitive years. But he quickly learned that this fundamental movement wasn't quite enough to build a complete bodybuilder's back.

"When I met Roger Callard, Mr. Western America, he had been doing chin-ups his whole life," he wrote in "The Education of a Bodybuilder." "He had a wide back, but never a winning back. He could hit a straight-on back pose and nothing happened. A year ago I encouraged him to start rowing; as a result of his efforts he now wins the 'best back' in every contest."

As the ultimate self-critic, Arnold felt that he still needed one more movement to maximize his own back development. He found it in the T-bar row, which was relatively new when he was captured doing it in the film "Pumping Iron." His total back formula, which he laid out in "The Education," was a three-pronged approach: "chin-ups work on width, bent-over rowing with the bar develops the center and lower back, and T-bar rowing develops the outside of the back and the lower lats." It's the perfect formula. Finish your back work strong with it today!

Chest, Back and Abs
Barbell Incline Bench Press Medium-Grip Barbell Incline Bench Press Medium-Grip

Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip


Dumbbell Flyes

5 sets of 12 reps
Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes

Cable Crossover

5 sets of 12 reps
Cable Crossover Cable Crossover


Chin-Up (wide-grip)

50 total reps, use weight if needed
Chin-Up Chin-Up


Bent Over Barbell Row

8 sets of 8 reps
Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row


Hanging Leg Raise

5 sets of 25 reps
Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

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