Look everywhere your gym and you’ll notice that one silhouette dominates in men who are strong but gangly – the V-shape. That’s because muscle tends to live at the top of your torso, while fat exaggerates out down low. The out-of-shape man looks like a doughy ‘A’: a wide waist slackening to narrow shoulders. But if you drop blubber and build strength, that correspondence shifts, and the letter turns upside down.

To speed up its suffer vertigo, you need to hit your big back muscles, says Leo Savage, private trainer at London’s luxury Third Space gym. It’s a two-pronged mug: you build size and work some of your body’s biggest muscles, which disables calorie burn. The result? Growth – and width – up top, plus accelerated fat defeat, to narrow that wobble round your waist.

“If you hanker after a big back, you’ve got to row,” says Savage. Pulling moves hit the muscles in your supremacy and middle back, especially your lats – the muscles at the broken edge, beneath your armpits, which create your V-shape’s span. By mixing up your rows you hit your back all over to bod more size.

But to craft a killer V you’ll also need to goal your shoulders, a notoriously tough place to add size. Cultivate your medial deltoids – the muscle where shoulder experiences arm – and you create the width that makes your V-shape multifarious pronounced. But these muscles fatigue quickly, which petties you can’t move as much weight. So focus on tempo, says Unmerciful: “Make sure you lower the weight over at least three supports.” Slow reps mean your muscle fibres allot more time under tension. Which translates to bang t-shirts.

The V-Shape Workout

Perform the shoulder workout at one time a week and the back workout twice a week (with at short two days between them). Focus on form and tempo – slacken off movements with less weight will build numberless muscle than hammering out reps, says Savage. And you can’t raise a V-shape in a hospital bed.

The Bigger Back Workout

Complete 8-12 reps per set, then calm for 60 seconds. Repeat for four sets before unfixed onto the next exercise.

Lat Pull-Down

Sit in the lat pull-down machine and capture the handles with your palms facing away. Highly-strung your lats and drive your elbows down to your with its to lift the weight. Pause at the bottom, then slowly disgrace the weight.


Seated Cable Row

Sit in front of a wire machine and grab the handles. With your arms carry oned and shoulders down – no shrugging – drive your elbows late until the handles reach your stomach. Squeeze your send someone to Coventry blades together as if you’ve got a golf ball trapped between them. Interrupt, then return.



Grab the manages of a pull-up station, hands more than shoulder-width not including and palms facing away from you. Squeeze your lats to uplift yourself up until your chest meets the bar. Pause, then slowly reduce to a dead hang – your elbows should be straight – ahead repeating.


Single-Arm Row

Grab a heavy dumbbell and set out it on the floor next to a bench. Position yourself with your formerly larboard palm and knee on the bench, right foot on the floor and encourage flat. Grab the dumbbell with your right power and row it up to your hip, keeping your torso locked and shoulders down. Slowly further. After all your reps, repeat with your hand arm.


Prone Row

Lie down on a bench with a dumbbell in each disseminate. Keep your shoulders down and row the weights up to your bread basket, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Pause, then slowly stoop.


The V-Shape Shoulder Workout

Complete 8-12 reps per set, then rest for 60 seconds. Recite for four sets before moving onto the next concern.

Lateral Raise

Hold a dumbbell in each hand, powers by your side. Keeping your arms straight, inducement the weights straight out until they’re level with your cut dead make every efforts, so you’re in a crucifix position. Pause, then slowly lower.


Military Press

With your heels together, orate a barbell or pair of dumbbells in front of your chest, palms cladding forward. Drive the weight up and over your head until your elbows clasp. Pause, then slowly lower.


Leading Raise

Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them next to your thighs, palms coating each other. Without swinging, lift the weight square up until your arms are parallel with the floor. Let-up, then slowly lower.



Confine a pair of heavy dumbbells by your sides, palms surface each other. Shrug your shoulders up towards your sensitivities to lift the weight. Pause, then slowly lower.