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The Back Thickness Thing


#1

For the life of me, I don't understand what people mean when they refer to "back thickness". They say do deadlifts and you will have back thickness. Is it the same thing as back width? I got obsessed with pullups and chinups last summer and as a result my lats became twice as wide as my hips. I haven't started doing deadlifts yet. I'm attaching a pic..

My back routine consists of pullups, chinups, and heavy weigthed face-pulls. Which dimension of my back is supposed to grow when I'll start deadliting? Could someone explain?


#2

It’s simple: Your spinal erectors will get bigger and stick out, much like a big chest sticks out when looked at sideways.
Judging from your pic (btw, couldn’t you have aimed the camera a LITTLE bit higher?) your spinal erectors are not even distinguishable at 10% bf so it’s about damn time to shut up and deadlift!


#3

Ahh, that makes sense. Sorry about the buttcrack thing, it was unintentional.


#4

Thickness means also lower traps developpement. Basically, you can appreciate it from a side picture. What you’re showing in your pic is back width. Thibaudeau explain it here: http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/triple_threat


#5

By doing traditional deadlifts, romanian deadlifts, good mornings and back extensions, among other things, you should start to develop those erectors. here’s an example of some very well developed ones.


#6

Here’s a better example.