Back exercises are probably the most neglected part of the body due to the fact that your back is not visible in the mirror. However, for a man, nothing shows a more powerful physique than a W-I-D-E back and a small waist (the V-taper). For women, a tight toned back gives the appearance of a smaller waist. Any motion in which you are pulling the weight toward you or down, is working your back. 2 tips for back development this month. First, on every repetition, you must squeeze your shoulder blades together to “force” a good contraction for your back muscles. Second, remember the negative motion (also called eccentric)-do not let the weight go back to your starting position without going slow and under control.