Your back includes some of the largest muscles in the body, muscles that are used every day to support your spine and body. The back muscles also make up some of the muscles of the core, particularly the lats.
Developing these muscles will not only give your body great proportion, it will help you have a strong, sturdy base for all kinds of daily activities.
The lats, aka the latissimus dorsi, are the large muscles of the back. These muscles are located on either side of the back and travel from the back of the shoulder all the way down to the hips.
The lat muscles are involved in pulling motions, like pulling open a door or, in exercise, doing a pull-up.
Because of that movement, typical lat exercises involve a pulling or rowing motion. The following exercises show a variety of ways you can work the lat muscles using dumbbells and resistance bands.
Keep in mind these are large muscles so you can typically use a heavier weight, depending on the exercise.