1-Arm Dumbbell Row
T-Bar Row (Chest-Supported or Old-School)
Barbell Row (Start Each Rep From Floor)
Various Cable Rows and Machine Rows
Any Pullover Variation
Shrugs are to build the “Yolk.” The Yolk consists of the traps, rhomboids, and rear deltoids. It deserves a lot of attention by itself as well.
Any Olympic Lift Variation
Triceps Rope Rows to Forehead
Any Rear-Delt Fly
Seated Dumbbell Power Cleans
Wide-Grip Pulldowns and Pull-ups
I’ve come to accept the fact that the Lat-Pulldown and Lever-Machines aren’t that awful and are great for building back size.
The also allow you to continue working your Lats and Upper Back when your Lower Back is fried and you can’t continue to benefit from standing Back Exercises.
Deadlifts, Rack Pulls, and Olympic Lifts are obviously great for building big backs and good total body strength, but in terms of pure Bodybuilding interest I think they’re misinterpreted.
Being able to Deadlift 700lbs or Clean 405lbs or whatever isn’t going to make your Lats wide. But Doing these moves will make your body strong enough to train your entire body heavier. Likewise, people who reach these numbers will have huge backs, but they won’t have gotten them just from doing
Deadlifts and Cleans for singles. They’ll have gotten their huge backs from all the High-Rep Assistance and Supplemental Exercises they’ve done for their Back so that they can handle those heavy weights. It’s an Yin to a Yang.