4 Ways (+ Workout) To Get Rid Of Back Fat

Fitness, Training Advice, Training Tips

By: // February 21, 2020

Eliminating back fat isn’t as simple as doing a few push-ups and calling it a day. In this ultimate guide to getting rid of back fat, we give you the practical, science-backed information you need to get rid of back fat and feel more confident in your body.

Learn what causes back fat and why you need a multi-step approach to getting rid of it. We’ll also show you how to tone up your back using our 15-minute back fat blaster workout.

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Ready to say buh-bye to back fat? Then read on!

What Causes Back Fat?

We’re all predisposed to carry more fat in specific places, but there are also several things that can cause back fat to accumulate or worsen:

  • Lack Of Use. One reason for back fat is that the back muscles are worked far less than the muscles on the front of the body. When muscles go unused, they atrophy, or lose strength. Losing strength encourages a loss of tone and definition.
  • Trying To “Spot Reduce”. Science says you can’t spot reduce body fat. You can, however, spot “tone” an area by working a specific muscle group (like muscles in your back). But for that to make a difference, you need to tackle the whole picture, including proper nutrition, good strength training, back fat exercises, and cardio. Translation: you need to reduce overall body fat.
  • Extra Pounds. If you want to get rid of back fat, the truth is you have to get rid of fat in general. While that is happening, you can work on toning and tightening the parts of your body you want to see changed.
  • Poor Posture. It may not actually “create” back fat, but it can emphasize the fat that you have. Proper posture helps your physical appearance, in addition to helping keep your bones and joints healthy, lessen arthritis pain, and decrease spinal stress. Standing up tall and strong will make you look longer and leaner.

How to Get Rid of Back Fat

woman looking in mirror looking for back fat

Follow these four tips (+workout!) to eliminate body fat overall, including from your back:

1. Eat Cleaner

You’ve probably heard this phrase by now, but if you haven’t, listen loud and clear: You can’t work off a bad diet. In an editorial by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers noted that excess sugar and carbs—not physical inactivity—are primarily to blame for the growing obesity epidemic. No matter how much you move, eating poorly is working against you and it will win every time.

Excess calories, especially those in the form of sugar and unhealthy fats, end up as fat on your body, and that includes your back. But eating clean doesn’t mean starving yourself. The key is to choose healthy, whole foods.

Clean eating includes lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. The choices are wide open! Walk the perimeter of your local grocer or visit a farmers market just to see your options. If you’re not sure how to start, try our Ultimate Guide to Healthy Eating ebook for a little guidance—we’ve got TONS of tips on how to make clean eating a natural part of your daily life.

2. Get Moving With Cardio

Cardio exercise burns calories and helps blast body fat. And to lose fat, you need to burn off more calories than you take in.  Cardio exercise helps with that.

The CDC recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a week. Walk, bike, dance, and just get movin’! And if you really want to dig in and get serious, mix in two days of interval training like HIIT workouts or Tabata intervals.

Varying your workouts to include both lower intensity and higher intensity activities helps shake up your stubborn metabolism and get things moving in the right direction.

3. Strength Train Your Entire Body, Not Just One Area

strength training back fat exercises

We learned earlier about losing muscle and the effects of muscle atrophy. So what can you do to get it back? Work the muscles, of course! “Without question, exercise is the most powerful intervention to address muscle loss”, explains Nathan K.LeBrasseur, Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic.

The best weapon against body fat and for a better shape is to strength train your entire body with a special focus on your back. Why?

  1. Muscle tissue is active. The more muscle you have, the more efficient your body is at burning calories.
  2. You want muscle on your whole body to be working for you all day long. Be sure to get to those larger muscles, especially legs, since those are going to be more efficient muscles on your body.
  3. Target those back muscles in order to see change. While spot reducing fat doesn’t work, it is still true that as you lose fat all over your body, you want to firm up the muscle below the skin in order to create the tighter shape you are truly looking for instead of the jiggle you so dread.

Related: The Beginner’s Guide To Strength Training

4. Stand Up Tall

Standing tall with your shoulders back and lower abs pulled in tight will make you look both taller and leaner all over.

And if posture is really a problem for you, try Pilates! Pilates teaches you to engage your core, strengthen your lower back, practice good posture and keep your back and shoulders stable and strong. Professional athletes everywhere have learned the wonders of Pilates.

The 15-Minute Workout To Get Rid Of Back Fat

Now it’s time to work on some exercises to reduce back fat! You’ve already learned that you need a combination of both cardio exercise and strength training to burn off fat and tone your back. 

During this 15-minute workout, you will alternate back and forth between a strength move and a cardio move, giving you just the balance you need to make it truly work. If you have 30 minutes, go through the routine twice and really see results!

How It Works:

  • For each strength move below, perform the listed amount of reps, then go right into the cardio move and perform for 2 minutes.
  • For best results, try interval-style training in the cardio section by performing the first minute at a moderate pace and the second minute going hard enough to breath heavy through your mouth—you should be almost breathless by the end.
  • Grab a pair of dumbbells and lets get started! (You can also download and print off this workout by clicking the button below!)

Reverse Grip Row Double Arm Row: 12 reps

reverse grip double arm row exercise for getting rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start with legs together and sit back into a slight squat engaging abdominals. Arms are in front of the body holding dumbbells at hip height with palms facing the ceiling.
  2. Draw elbows back past hips gently hugging the side body so you feel lats and triceps engage and return forward with control.

Jumping Jacks: 1 Minute Moderate. 1 Minute Go Hard!

jumping jacks for getting rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start standing up with your legs together, a slight bend in knees, and hands resting on thighs.
  2. Keeping the knees bent, open the arms and legs out to the sides. Arms come above the head and legs wider than shoulders.
  3. Close your arms and legs back to your sides, returning to your start.

Side Plank With Arm Extension: 12 reps on the right, 12 reps on the left

side plank with arm extension to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Bring your body into one straight line on the floor stacking legs, hips, and your shoulder directly over your elbow into a forearm plank. Lift hips with dumbbell resting hovering over the floor. (You can modify this plank by bending your lower knee if necessary)
  2. Raise the dumbbell directly over your shoulder keeping abdominals engaged and lower with control working your arms, and entire core.

Jogging In Place: 1 Minute Moderate. 1 Minute Go Hard!

jogging in place to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start standing with feet hip distance apart.
  2. Lift one foot then the other to jog in place working your legs and increasing your heart rate.

Renegade Rows: 20 total reps, alternating right and left

renegade rows to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Begin in a full plank with dumbbells in hands, arms extended, and on toes. (kneeling variation is fine if you are not able to do a full plank) Engage your abdominals drawing the belly inward towards your spine.
  2. Pull right dumbbell up toward right hip bone keeping weight close to your side. Slowly return it to the floor and repeat with the left dumbbell.

Jumprope: 1 Minute Moderate. 1 Minute Go Hard!

jump rope to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start with feet hip distance apart, and arms stretched to the sides like your holding a jump rope with your hands.
  2. Circle your hands like you’re swinging a jump rope and hop over it to jump rope in place.

Straight Arm Press Back: 12 reps

straight arm press back to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start with feet hip distance apart. Engage your abdominals and sit back into a slight squat. Dumbbells start at the sides of the knees.
  2. Keeping the core engaged press the dumbbells past your hips and return with control. Avoid swinging the arms or bending the elbows.

Skaters: 1 Minute Moderate. 1 Minute Go Hard!

skaters to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start with your legs slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and arms at the sides.
  2. Bring one leg behind at a slight angle into a reverse lunge. The front knee will come to a 90-degree angle.
  3. Swing the arms in front of that bent knee and leap the back leg forward to switch sides in a skating motion. Arms alternate as you switch sides like a speed skater.

Single Arm Rows: 12 reps on the right, 12 reps on the left

single arm rows to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Stand in split stance with your right foot forward and the dumbbell in left arm. Slightly hinge over from your hip flexors keeping your abdominals engaged to protect your low back.
  2. Pull the elbow straight back past your hip (keep arms close to the body- don’t let your elbow wing out.) Engage and squeeze your back muscles then lower the dumbbell back to start position with control. Perform desired of reps and repeat on the other side.

Power Skips: 1 Minute Moderate: 1 Minute Go Hard!

power skips to get rid of back fat

How to perform:

  1. Start standing with feet hip distance apart.
  2. Lift right knee and spring up off your left foot, hopping into the air. Switch. Continue in a “skipping” motion in place for desired amount of time.

Whether it’s something that’s always bothered you, or a new frustration that has appeared with age, back fat can be a serious pain. If you follow our tips to reduce back fat, you’ll be on your way to building a strong, toned back.

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on July 22, 2018 at 3:11 AM Reply

For how much time do we need to repeat these exercises? Like a month or something?

    on July 24, 2018 at 9:17 AM Reply

    Hi Isabella - every person is different so I really can't give you a specific answer. The key is consistency with your workouts and maintaining a healthy diet. If you do these consistently, you will see results over time!

on July 16, 2018 at 9:55 AM Reply

I have got positive effects by swimming, I believe it is one of the best methods! Other workouts will keep you fit as well.

on October 27, 2017 at 8:08 AM Reply

Great workout tips! I think if you do these workouts and eat clean your body has no choice but to get in shape.

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