Ed Brown, Jr shared a cool superset for your back that will help boost growth.
This combo specifically targets traps (trap bar shrugs) and back thickness (dumbbell rows). Warm up to your working weight on the trap bar – Ed uses 315lbs as well as your working weight on the dumbbell rows. Ed used 215 pound dumbbells. Tighten your weightlifting belt then get to work.
Do 8-10 on the shrugs and then 8-10 on the dumbbell rows. This is a unique combination that you will definitely feel provided you used enough weight.
Note that Ed is using straps in the video. The reason he’s doing this is because his grip will give out before the back muscles will. Since he’s working his back and not his grip, specifically, he will be able to target the rhomboids more efficiently. As Ed mentions in the video, doing unilateral exercises like alternate dumbbell rows, allows you to work on symmetry. The last thing that you want is one side of your back, bigger than the other. This can happen if you solely focus on machines in your workouts.
Be sure to bring your elbow up high enough to get a full contraction in the muscle. Lower the weight in a controlled fashion.
P.S. Filmed at Austin Metroflex Gym. Ed and Chris Pappillion are having a seminar on Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th. If you’re in the Austin area, check out the info on Chris’s facebook page here.