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12/29/2014 2:19:51 PM - Richie
Hi Mark,

I've been thinking about this for a while. People with home gyms who are interested in strength sports, e.g., powerlifting, tend to do all right. With limited equipment, you can still get very strong on basic exercises.

But bodybuilders seem very dependent on having a large variety of exercises, and most successful bodybuilders seem to train in well-outfitted commercial gyms. My question in: if you were to attempt to train for bodybuilding using only a barbell and dumbbells, how would you go about it?

Now that I think of it, it may be too broad a question to ask you to answer, so, for the time being, I'll as you more specifically how you'd go about training your back.

I hope it isn't too tedious a question;
Happy holidays,

Hi Richie,

Thanks for the question and no problem. Here is a back workout with only barbells and dumbbells.

One Arm Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 12, 10, 8, 6 reps.

Pronate Grip Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 12, 10 8, 6 reps. *Bend at the waist, support your upper body by placing your hand on a flat bench, allow the weight to stretch you before driving your elbow up/back while keeping your elbow perpendicular to your torso.

Bent Over Semi-Supinate Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps.

Dumbbell Pull-overs: 3 sets of 10 reps.

Rack Deadlifts: 5 sets of 5 reps.

Hope this gives you some ideas! Some other great exercises include: Meadow Rows, Bent Over Barbell Rows and if you have access to a pull-up station - Pull-ups!

Train hard,
Mark Dugdale

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