8 Home Back Exercises for a Stronger Upper Body

Back exercises you can do at home with dumbbells

How it works: Three or four days a week, do 1 set of each of these exercises for back fat, with little or no rest in between moves. After the last exercise, rest 1 to 2 minutes and repeat the full circuit 2 more times (3 times total).

You’ll need: A pair of light-weight dumbbells and a pair of medium-weight dumbbells

T Raises

This at-home back exercise proves that you don’t need huge weights to make some huge strength gains.

  • Grab a pair of light-weight dumbbells and stand with feet hip-width apart.
  • Take a slight bend in knees as you shift hips back and lower torso until it’s parallel to the floor.
  • Bring weights together and turn palms to face forward.
  • Keeping arms straight, lift weights up to shoulder height then lower back down. (Make sure to keep core and glutes engaged the entire time.)
T Raises
T Raises

Do 15 reps.

Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows

Aim to keep shoulder blades down and together and core engaged through this entire exercise for back fat.

  • Holding a medium-weight dumbbell in one hand, stand with feet hip-width apart, bend knees, and shift hips back, lowering torso until nearly parallel with the ground. Place right hand on a wall in front of you for balance.
  • Draw the weight up toward chest by bending left elbow straight up toward the ceiling.
Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows
Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows

Do 10 reps per side.

Delt Rises

This at-home back exercise is all about control. To get the most out of the move, focus on eliminating momentum and utilising your back rather than arm muscles.

  • Holding a pair of light-weight dumbbells, stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Shift hips back as you lower torso until nearly parallel with the ground.
  • Turn palms to face each other, bend elbows, and lift weights up to shoulder height.
  • Gently lower back down, keeping core and glutes engaged during the entire movement.
Delt Rises
Delt Rises

Do 10 reps.

Plank with Lateral Arm Rise

Moving your limbs away from your core makes this exercise for back fat an abs workout and balance challenge, too.

  • Start in a straight-arm plank with hands below and in line with shoulders, feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
  • Keeping hips as still as possible, lift one arm up to shoulder height.
  • Return to center, then lift the other arm to shoulder height. (Draw belly button up and in and keep your body centred.)
Plank with Lateral Arm Rise
Plank with Lateral Arm Rise

Do 10 reps per side.

Push-Up Hold

Rather than cranking out hundreds of reps, incorporate more isometric back exercises in your at-home workout to help build muscle.

  • Start in pushup position with hands slightly wider than shoulder width, feet hip-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from heels to head.
  • Bend elbows and lower body until hovering a few inches above the ground. Hold for 1 deep breath, and then press half-way up and hold for 1 deep breath.
  • Lower back down to your lowest point, holding for 1 deep breath.
  • Return to your half-way point for one more hold.
Push-Up Hold
Push-Up Hold

Do 5 reps.

Back and Booty Blasters

While this move focuses on your glutes, hamstrings, and inner thighs, it’s also a great at-home back exercise too. (P.S. the muscles along the entire back of your body are called the posterior chain.)

  • Lay flat on your stomach. Lift your chest up, arching your back and interlacing your hands behind your back.
  • Lift your hands and legs up, touching your heels together.
  • Slowly move your legs apart and bring them back together.
Back and Booty Blasters
Back and Booty Blasters

Do 20 reps.

Twister

Time for a round of twister—but in the form of an at-home back exercise. This chair pose will stretch and strengthen your back while the rotations will hit your obliques.

  • Squat into chair position with hands in prayer pose in front of chest.
  • Twist your torso to the right while remaining in chair pose, and place the left elbow on the outside of the right knee. The other elbow should be pointing to the ceiling.
  • Hold for three breaths, then return to center. Repeat on the other side.
Twister
Twister

Do 4 reps.

Pilate Press

You’ll seriously sculpt your chest, too, while doing this exercise for back fat—as long as you don’t let your hips drop when you lower to the ground. (Next try: 20-Minute Pilates Abs Workout)

  • Start in push-up position and bend one leg behind you so the bottom of the foot is facing toward the ceiling.
  • Lower your body to the ground by bending your elbows, keeping your back straight.
  • Push yourself back up.
Pilate Press
Pilate Press

Do 10 reps per side.

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