Tip: The Eccentric Front Lever

Finish off your lats with 3 sets of 3-5 reps. Lower slowly and under control to trigger growth-inducing muscle damage.

Research shows there are three keys to building muscle: muscle tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage. While traditional training will take care of the first two, nothing creates that growth-inducing damage like eccentric (negative) work.

After your normal pull-ups and rows, finish your lats off with 3 sets of 3-5 reps of eccentric front levers.

  • Start by hanging from a pull-up bar or rings.
  • Invert yourself so your feet are pointing to the ceiling.
  • Contract your lats, abs and glutes.
  • Slowly lower your body down to the starting position.

Make sure you can control the lowering phase. If you can't control your decent, just tuck one or both knees in a bit and slowly progress them out over time.

Andrew Heming is a strength coach, professor, and former Canadian University U-Sport head strength coach. Andrew helps athletes and skinny hardgainers get bigger, faster, and stronger. Follow Andrew Heming on Facebook