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Bent Over 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 Bent Over Row

The Bent Over Row is a strength-building exercise primarily targeting the muscles in the back, including the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, and trapezius, but also engages the biceps and shoulders. This workout is suitable for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to advanced, as it can be adjusted according to individual strength and fitness. Individuals may want to incorporate the Bent Over Row into their routine to improve upper body strength, enhance postural support, and aid in daily functional movements.

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

  • Bend forward at your waist so your chest is leaning forward over your feet, keep your back straight so it's almost parallel to the floor.
  • Hold the dumbbells hanging directly in front of you, with your arms fully extended.
  • With your elbows close to your body, pull the dumbbells up towards your chest, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  • Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position, maintaining control throughout the movement, and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips for Performing Bent Over Row

  • **Avoid Straining Your Neck:** A common mistake people make is straining their necks by looking up while performing the exercise. Instead, keep your neck in a neutral position by looking down at the floor. This can help to prevent unnecessary strain and potential injury.
  • **Don't Rush the Movement:** Another common mistake is rushing through the exercise, which can lead to improper form and less effective muscle engagement. It's important to perform the exercise slowly and with control, focusing on the muscle contraction and relaxation

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 a trainer or experienced individual guide you through the exercise initially to make sure you're doing it correctly. As with any exercise, it's important to gradually increase weight as strength and technique improve.

What are common variations of the Bent Over Row?

  • Inverted Row: This is a bodyweight exercise where you pull yourself up to a bar, focusing on the same muscles but in a slightly different way.
  • Pendlay Row: Named after weightlifting coach Glenn Pendlay, this variation involves lifting the barbell from a dead stop on the ground, working your muscles in a slightly different way.
  • Seated Cable Row: This variation uses a cable machine, allowing you to adjust the weight easily and focus on your form.
  • T-Bar Row: This variation involves using a special T-bar machine, allowing you to lift heavier weights and target your upper back and lats more effectively.

What are good complementing exercises for the Bent Over Row?

  • Pull-ups also complement Bent Over Rows as they both engage your latissimus dorsi (lats), rhomboids, and trapezius muscles, promoting a stronger and more defined upper body.
  • Seated Cable Rows are another exercise that complements Bent Over Rows, as they both focus on strengthening the middle back, biceps, and lats, helping to improve your posture and rowing form.

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