In this first edition of “Workouts for Trans Men”, we look at one of the single most import and defining aspects of the male shape. If you are looking to bring out your most masculine body then forget the six-pack abs, the big gun biceps, and the tree trunk legs.

Okay, don’t forget them, they are pretty awesome too. But one of the biggest physical traits men exhibit is that class “V” shape that starts with a broad top and tapers down to a fit waist. And let’s face it, the bigger your back, the smaller your waist looks.

Workouts for Trans Men - Young bodybuilder showing his back on a dark background

We aren’t talking about super definition, at least not right off the bat. What we want to focus on is getting the foundation muscles laid and starting to shape your body.

The best reason to really focus on your back is the most obvious. The stronger your core is, the stronger your body is. You will never build true strength if you don’t pay proper attention to your back and core. Plus it helps prevent back injury and fatigue, and in general, it just makes you feel better and more energized.

So check out these exercises to start getting your muscles built up, and you might be surprised how quickly you see the changes in your body.