Incredible back development
What makes a bodybuilder’s back pose incredible? All the lat width and thickness in the world will not give a person the pride of possessing a great back. He needs to display lot of intricate detail by making every small muscle such as teres major, teres minor, rhomboids and infraspinatus pop-up with life. What if a person has been religiously doing all kinds of rowing exercises but is unable to achieve that etched look?
I recently put this question to S. Subramanyam, a living legend regarded as ‘The mobile encyclopaedia of body building’ and known as ‘Ayya.’
This is what he said: “Do not stop performing rowing exercises. You need them to develop or maintain thickness in the back. Just add on a couple of contraction movements that involve a lot of back squeezing. For these supplementary movements, use cables, expander springs or exercise bands. These will force the smaller muscles to contract hard. Consciously squeeze the back and hold the contraction for a couple of seconds while doing each rep. This is known as ‘Peak Contraction Principle.’ You are sure to see significant changes in a few months. To effectively display the back onstage, your body fat percentage should also be low and you should not be holding water. You need to practice posing for several minutes every day. That will also help to a great extent.”
Tailpiece: I would like to tell those of you who do not know about Ayya, that he has been consulted by several multi ‘Mr. India’ winners, time and again, over the last five decades. Once while speaking out his mind to ‘Mr. Universe’ Premchand Degra, Ayya told him something and the man who made India proud shot back, “How did you know that sir?! This is exactly what Joe Weider told me when I interacted with him in the United States!!!”
Do I need to say anything more about Ayya’s knowledge?
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar