Two weeks ago, I finally got sick of a long-standing problem of mine, so I went up to a trainer and asked a question:
“I seem to have lost my lats. I’m wondering if you could help me find them.”
He suggested wide-grip pull-ups. So, for the past two weeks, I’ve been working in wide-grip pull ups, of all kinds, including underhanded, L Pullups, etc. as a part of a modified Art of Waterbury. I’ve been supersetting them with deadlifts and back extensions, to hit the whole back, at once.
Well, I’ve been checking my weight, and I’ve gained about five pounds, since then. Now, this was really bewildering to me, because I’m standing there in my boxer shorts, looking in the mirror, and I can’t see anywhere that looks any bigger. Not my arms, not my legs, not my chest or shoulders, and certainly not my gut.
Then it hits me. I turn around, and sure enough, everything from butt to lats to traps is a lot firmer and starting to show some definition.
I just gained five pounds of muscle on my back in two weeks. Is that normal and safe? Does it mean that my back is exceptionally weak and needs to be focused on, some more? What else can I do to give this a boost?