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Bent Over Row

Exercise Profile

Body PartBack
Primary MusclesInfraspinatus, Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Teres Minor, Trapezius Middle Fibers, Trapezius Upper Fibers
Secondary MusclesBrachialis, Brachioradialis, Deltoid Posterior
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Introduction to the Bent Over Row

The Bent Over Row is a strength-building exercise that primarily targets the muscles in the back, including the latissimus dorsi and rhomboids, but also works the biceps and shoulders. It is suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced fitness enthusiasts looking to improve their upper body strength and posture. Individuals may choose this exercise for its effectiveness in enhancing muscle definition, promoting better posture, and its importance in functional movements in everyday life.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Bent Over Row

  • Bend over at the waist while keeping your back straight, until your torso is almost parallel to the floor.
  • Hold the dumbbells at arm's length directly below your shoulders with your palms facing each other.
  • Pull the dumbbells towards your chest by bending your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position, completing one rep. Repeat this for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips for Performing Bent Over Row

  • **Correct Grip**: Grip the barbell or dumbbells with your hands just wider than shoulder-width apart. A common mistake is gripping too wide or too narrow, which can limit the range of motion and effectiveness of the exercise.
  • **Controlled Movement**: Pull the barbell or dumbbells towards your chest, keeping your elbows close to your body. Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the motion. Lower the weights back down with control. Avoid jerking or using momentum to lift the weights, as this can increase the risk of injury and decrease the effectiveness of the

Bent Over Row FAQs

Can beginners do the Bent Over Row?

Yes, beginners can certainly do the Bent Over Row exercise. However, it's important to start with a light weight to ensure proper form and prevent injury. It's also beneficial to have someone knowledgeable about weight training, like a personal trainer, observe and provide feedback on your form. Gradually increase the weight as your strength and form improve.

What are common variations of the Bent Over Row?

  • Inverted Row: This is done by positioning yourself under a barbell that is fixed at a certain height, then pulling your chest up to the bar.
  • Pendlay Row: Named after weightlifting coach Glenn Pendlay, this version involves lifting a barbell from the floor to your chest in a bent over position.
  • Yates Row: Popularized by bodybuilder Dorian Yates, this variation involves a more upright body position and a reverse grip on the barbell.
  • Seated Cable Row: This is performed on a seated cable row machine, where you pull a weighted cable towards your body while keeping your back straight.

What are good complementing exercises for the Bent Over Row?

  • Pull-ups can complement Bent Over Rows by focusing on the upper body strength, specifically targeting the latissimus dorsi (the large muscle of the back), which can improve the pulling strength required for Bent Over Rows.
  • Seated Cable Rows are another exercise that pairs well with Bent Over Rows as they also target the muscles in the back, particularly the middle back, and help improve posture and stability, which are crucial for performing Bent Over Rows properly.

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