Even if you think you’re doing a full body workout, chances are you’re paying more attention to the front half of your body than to your back. After all, that’s the side you see most often when you look in a mirror or put on clothes.
This can create imbalances over time and make your gym sessions less effective.
That’s because those posterior chain muscles in the back of your spine and legs are some of the largest and potentially strongest muscles in your body. They include your glutes, the calves and hamstrings in your legs, the latissimus dorsi in your middle and upper back, and the erector spinae that run up both sides of your spine.
Fortunately, there are many ways to target these muscles. In fact, whether you prefer yoga or lifting weights, there are probably movements you already know that you can start doing more consistently to shape up the back half of your body.
Upgrade your workouts by using these tips for training your posterior chain.
Give your posterior chain muscles equal time when you’re working out. You’ll be rewarded with greater strength and mobility.