In almost every article or workout routine I read, I usually never see exercises for forearms, lower back or rear deltoids. Why don't people train these muscles? Are they not important? I usually train them but now I want to know if I should keep training them or not. And I want to know if I'm just wasting more time at the gym or using the time productively.
11-27-2012, 06:21 PM #1
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Why don't people train their forearms or lower back?
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11-27-2012, 06:41 PM #3
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I agree, people spend time on abs but not lower back? I was on a cruise last week, they had equipment for everything except lower back. Only option was deadlifts with dumbells. A lot of people have back problems, could be a muscle imbalance.My workout, sup, nutrition log http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=138799053
11-27-2012, 06:43 PM #4
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I've never done any 'forearm training' and when I measured them a few years ago they were over 17". Obviously training them directly would achieve even better results but they were never a weak point so I didn't bother.
Bottom line, don't worry about what other people are doing. If you have a weak point it makes sense to target it.
11-27-2012, 07:01 PM #6
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11-27-2012, 07:15 PM #7
Ask yourself what these muscles are used for. Your forearms are used to grab things. I am assuming by "forearm exercises" you mean "wrist curls"
Wrist curls can damage your wrists, because really, theres no functional purpose for flexing/extending the wrist under a heavy load. The joint just isnt really made for that. Now, if "forearm work" means using a grip-trainer, I could get behind that. I just find that between heavy ass deadlifts, shrugs, pullups/pulldowns, power cleans, bench, etc that my forearms get more than enough work.
Same with the lower back. Lower back muscles (as with ab muscles) are designed as stabilizer muscles. Theres no real function purpose for crunching your abs under a weighted load or extending your spine under a weighted load (in fact the latter can be again dangerous)
IMO if you want to train abs/low back, you should be doing plenty of bodyweight and/or stability exercises.
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i work all of these but whem i first started i neglected rear delts and forearms alot so the last few years ive been throwing in extras to catch them up. one guess would be most ppl arent experienced enough to even get to the point of needed these types of exercises, a lot of pepople are just trying to get in better shape period not shape their bodys so it most likely never comes to mind until they are required.1RM
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11-27-2012, 10:46 PM #13
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Did 295lbs Stiff legged dead lifts today, I can good morning more than I can squat. Guess what never seen my lower back muscles cause I am not under 8% body fat. Kinda hard being motivated to work something you can't see, and for most people will never see.
Contrary to TBU720's post. I work out lower back for safety reasons. How is having a weak lower back going to prevent injury?
11-27-2012, 11:03 PM #14
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11-27-2012, 11:32 PM #16
Honestly, forearms get a good enough workout from pullups, deads, shrugs, any heavy load without assist etc. and lower back gets shredded with alot of balance work, deads especially, front squats, etc...posterior delts absolutely should be targeted though...as mid/lower/higher traps and lats tend to take over most if not all back workout's loads...anterior not so much because they get drilled pretty hard from most bench/press work even as a synergistic mover.
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