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08-17-2007, 08:23 AM
How would I go about building my shoulders and back? I have access to my apartment complex's fitness center which has all sorts of equipment and I own a set of hand weights. I really want to be a little more conditioned up top so that my waist will look smaller.

What do ya'll do?

08-17-2007, 08:43 AM
Good compound exercises for the shoulders and back include dips (chest/shoulders/triceps) and pullups (lats, biceps, shoulders). If your gym happens to have an assisted dip/pullup station, that's all you really need. If it doesn't, you can do bench dips and use the lat pulldown machine instead for pullups.

There are a lot of other exercises for back and shoulders, many of which are described in depth on my favorite site, www.stumptuous.com. See here (http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displaysection.php?sid=23) for tips about proper form on many common back exercises, inc. rows, and here (http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayarticle.php?aid=51) for a beginner's guide to mastering the pullup).

Happy lifting!