It’s January and you’re fired up for 2017. Your goal is simple: get freaking huge! But before you step in the gym and get after it, you need to arm yourself with the right routines. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled workouts from some of the greatest bodybuilders to ever cinch up a weightlifting belt and answer the challenge of the iron. So put your game face on, turn up the volume on your favorite training tunes, and make 2017 your year for packing on wall-to-wall muscle.
BACK: PHIL HEATH
Basic free-weight exercises became the staples of his back workouts. Rows with barbells (using both pronated and reverse grips) and dumbbells beefed up his lats, rhomboids, and middle traps. Wide-grip pullups and lat pulldowns stretched his lats laterally. Over the course of the next few years, his back grew and grew. In fact, throughout his career, Heath has made more improvements to his physique than any other bodybuilder, past or present. With thickness, width, separation, and intricate detail, a former weakness was transformed into a strength, and Heath now owns the most devastating shots in the sport. Suffice it to say that the six-time Mr. Olympia will never have to back down from the competition again.
THE WORKOUT: BACK
- Wide-grip pulldown: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Seated cable row: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Barbell row:* 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- One-arm dumbbell row: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- Lat pulldown: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
- *Alternate between pronated and reverse grips