Greg Kovacs IFBB Pro
During the late ‘90s, Greg Kovacs dominated the size and strength side of pro bodybuilding. With an off-season weight of 420 pounds, Greg towered over his competition, packing more mass on his frame than anyone in the history of bodybuilding. Greg’s arms measured over 25 inches, his chest 70 inches, and his legs a colossal 35 inches. Like his gargantuan size, Greg’s power was also unmatched. With a 700-pound bench press (for 2 reps), a 500-pound shoulder press, a 500-pound bent-over row, and a 2,025-pound leg press, Greg is still regarded as the strongest pro bodybuilder of all time! Throughout his career, Greg has lectured on sports nutrition and strength training to thousands of athletes all over the world, holding seminars in Hawaii, Australia, Spain, England, Greece, Germany, and Russia. Realizing his genetics made him more suited for size and power than symmetry and shape, Greg retired from competitive bodybuilding in 2005 to start his own business and coach competitive athletes. Greg Kovacs gives you the no-holds-barred answers to all your nutrition, supplement, and training questions.
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Perfect Back Workout

QUESTION: Hey Greg, I think you had one of the largest backs in the history of bodybuilding. What in your opinion would be the perfect back workout?

ANSWER: Thanks for the compliment! I’ve always had a love/hate relationship when it comes to back training. When trained properly back and legs are always the most taxing bodyparts to train. That’s because to build a big back, I’ve always used the adage of “row till you grow”. I always pick 2 or 3 rowing movements in any back workout. For me barbell rows were king and would always be a staple. I use either regular or reverse grip. The reverse grip version lends to a better squeeze at the top or contraction of the movement. T-bar rows are also a good choice as well as one-arm dumbbell rows. Pulldowns should play a secondary role and one pulldown variation per workout is sufficient. I prefer the reverse grip pull down. I finish by tying it all together with power-rack deadlifts with the bar just below your knees in the starting position. Two rows, one pulldown movement and deadlifts to finish and you're well on your way to a building a solid back. Keep the reps between 8 and 12.

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