Is Phil Heath's back-training philosophy all about going as heavy as possible with high intensity and high volume? No. In fact, his top priority is “back health”.
“My overall approach to back training is knowing that a bigger muscle is a strong muscle; however, back health is No. 1 for you to be able to do this,” says Heath. “Sometimes you have to crawl before you walk. So when getting ready for a show, for me it’s all about time under tension and gradually building up. By the end of the prep I’m actually at my strongest. My body is now more mature to where I can handle that kind of poundage throughout. But it’s all because I take a very disciplined, detailed approach.”
NEUTRAL WIDE-GRIP LAT PULLDOWN
Phil’s Philosophy: “This wide neutral bar will actually work the outer lats, but then as you go down it works the middle of the back. I’ve always liked this bar because I feel like it adds good detail to the mid-back. The neutral grip will help you focus on where your elbows are. You may not be able to use as much weight as you can with other attachments, but instead of getting discouraged, keep doing it. Let’s master this one. Where I’m at right now, I look at a different attachment like this one almost like a martial artist who says, ‘OK, I’m good at the staff. Now I’m working on the sword or the nunchucks.’ These are all things I’m trying to master in my arsenal so I can be the best bodybuilder in the world.”
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