Chapter 9

Working Your Back

In This Chapter

arrow Introducing your upper- and lower-back muscles

arrow Understanding the purpose of strengthening the back

arrow Avoiding workout mistakes

arrow Practicing upper- and lower-back exercises

Back pain is your body’s way of telling you that your back needs to be strengthened. More than 80 percent of adults experience back pain during their lives. Back pain is the leading cause of disability from work in the United States. With this much back pain going around, you need to be proactive and strengthen your back to prevent pain and injury. Staying healthy and pain free will go a long way toward improving your quality of life. And a strong back is important for many daily activities, including recreation, fun, and work.

This chapter divides the back into two sections: upper back and lower back. Even though these muscle groups reside in close proximity to each other, they have different job descriptions and require different workout routines. Many upper-back exercises involve lifting a fair amount of pounds; lower-back exercises, on the other hand, require more subtle ...

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