What is the Posterior Chain and How to Strengthen it

The best way to remember what makes up the posterior chain is to think about all the muscles on the backside of your body. This group of muscles include the: glutes, hamstrings, calves, erector spinae, lats, traps and posterior deltoid muscles. If you’re like most gym-goers, you may spend more time working the muscles you can see on the front of your body as opposed to the muscles you don’t see.

By putting more emphasis on the posterior chain, you’ll unlock your true ability to perform at your best. There is simply no way this will happen if you don’t develop adequate strength for these important muscle groups. Why? Because, when used collectively, they increase your explosive power! So, it’s your call but hopefully you’ll work more on this and change it.

Posterior Chain Muscle Groups

  • Calf
  • Hamstring
  • Glutes
  • Trapezius
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Deltoid (posterior)

Exercises to Strengthen the Posterior Chain

There are many exercises to choose from in the Jefit exercise database that will work these areas. Here is a small sample of what we think are some of the better exercises that should be added to your strength training program.

Calf Exercises

  • Barbell Calf Raise
  • Hack Single-Leg Calf Raise
  • Calf Press on Leg Press

Hamstring Exercises

  • Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Machine Leg Curl
  • Single-Leg Curl

Glute Exercises

  • Deep Squat
  • Kettlebell Pistol Squat
  • Dumbbell Single-Leg Squat

Trapezius Exercises

  • Pull-ups
  • Barbell Cambered Row (Prone)
  • Barbell Bent-Over Row

Lat Exercises

  • Dumbbell One-Arm Row
  • Cable Front Lat Pulldown (Close Grip)
  • Leverage Machine High Row

Rear Deltoid Exercises

  • Cable Bent-Over Lateral Pulley
  • Cable Deltoid Raise
  • One-Arm Reverse Fly

By adding some of these great Jefit exercises to your strength training program you’ll build much needed posterior chain strength.

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