11 Upper Back Exercises That'll Help You Stand Upright

Get your dumbbells ready.

The best exercises for upper back strength, according to trainers.
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The muscles in your upper back include the rhomboids, traps, lats, and levator scapulae — all areas that play a role in bending, twisting, and having good posture, says Row House trainer Mikey Newsom. Want to work them out? Try these trainer-approved exercises for the upper back.



Kickoff trainer John Gardner says pull-ups work the lats, traps, rhomboids, and arms.

- Jump up, grab bar with overhand grip.

- Optional: Use pull-up band.

- Hands shoulder-width apart, hang.

- Engage core, slowly lift chin to bar.

- Lower to start.

- Do 8-10 reps, 3x.