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seated row

Exercise Profile

Body PartBack
Primary MusclesInfraspinatus, Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Teres Minor, Trapezius Lower Fibers, Trapezius Middle Fibers
Secondary MusclesBrachialis, Brachioradialis, Deltoid Posterior, Pectoralis Major Sternal Head
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Introduction to the seated row

The seated row is a strength training exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, including the back, shoulders, and biceps, aiding in improved posture and overall muscle balance. It's suitable for individuals at all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, as it can be easily adjusted to match one's ability. People may opt for this exercise as it not only enhances upper body strength and endurance, but also promotes better spinal alignment, which is crucial for daily activities and injury prevention.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial seated row

  • Grasp the handles of the machine and sit upright with your back straight, shoulders down and chest out.
  • Pull the handles towards you, keeping your elbows close to your body and squeezing your shoulder blades together at the end of the movement.
  • Hold the position for a second, then slowly return the handle back to the starting position, allowing your arms to fully extend and your shoulder blades to spread apart.
  • Repeat the movement for your desired number of repetitions, making sure to keep your back straight and your movements controlled throughout the exercise.

Tips for Performing seated row

  • **Controlled Movements**: Avoid jerky or rapid movements. Instead, focus on slow, controlled movements. Pull the handle or bar towards your body, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the end of the movement. Then, slowly release the handle back to the starting position. This will not only prevent injury but also ensure that your muscles are being effectively worked.
  • **Don't Use Too Much Weight**: Another common mistake is using too much weight. If you're struggling to complete the exercise with proper form, it's a sign that the weight is too heavy. Using excessive weight can lead to improper form, which can result in injury and less effective workouts.
  • **Engage Your Core**: Your core

seated row FAQs

Can beginners do the seated row?

Yes, beginners can definitely do the seated row exercise. However, it's important to start with light weights and focus on form to avoid injury. It might be helpful to have a trainer or experienced gym-goer check your form. This exercise is great for strengthening the back muscles, shoulders, and biceps.

What are common variations of the seated row?

  • Seated Cable Row: This version uses a cable machine, allowing for a smooth, controlled motion and adjustable resistance.
  • Incline Bench Seated Row: By setting an incline bench in front of a low pulley, you can target your upper back muscles from a different angle.
  • Close Grip Seated Row: By using a close grip handle, you can target the muscles in the middle of your back more intensely.
  • Wide Grip Seated Row: This variation uses a wide grip handle to engage the muscles in your outer back and shoulders.

What are good complementing exercises for the seated row?

  • Lat pulldowns are a great complement to seated rows as they target the upper back and latissimus dorsi, helping to balance out the muscle development across the entire back.
  • Bent-over rows complement seated rows by targeting similar muscle groups such as the rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, and trapezius, but from a different angle, providing a more comprehensive workout for the back.

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