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Lever Unilateral Row

Exercise Profile

Body PartBack
EquipmentLeverage machine
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 Lever Unilateral Row

The Lever Unilateral Row is a strength training exercise that primarily targets the muscles in the back, shoulders, and arms, offering significant improvements in upper body strength and posture. It's an ideal workout for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts, as it can be easily adjusted to match individual fitness levels. Incorporating this exercise into your routine can enhance muscle definition, improve functional strength for daily activities, and provide a balanced physique by working one side of the body at a time.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Lever Unilateral Row

  • Grab the lever handle with one hand, keeping your arm fully extended, and ensure your body is aligned with the machine.
  • Pull the lever towards your body until your elbow is at a 90-degree angle, ensuring that your shoulder blades are squeezed together.
  • Hold this position for a moment, focusing on the contraction in your back muscles.
  • Slowly return the lever to the starting position, ensuring your arm is fully extended, and repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions before switching to the other arm.

Tips for Performing Lever Unilateral Row

  • **Correct Grip**: Hold the lever with a firm grip, but don't squeeze it too hard as this can cause unnecessary strain on your wrist. Your palms should be facing your torso. A common mistake is gripping the lever with palms facing outward, which can strain your wrists and limit the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • **Controlled Movement**: Ensure your movements are slow and controlled. Avoid jerky or rapid movements as these can lead to injury and decrease the effectiveness of the exercise. Instead, pull the lever towards your body in a smooth, controlled motion, then slowly return to the starting position.
  • **Avoid Overextension**: Avoid pulling the lever too far back, as this can lead to shoulder and back injuries

Lever Unilateral Row FAQs

Can beginners do the Lever Unilateral Row?

Yes, beginners can perform the Lever Unilateral Row exercise, but it's essential to start with a lighter weight to ensure proper form and prevent potential injuries. It's also recommended to have a trainer or fitness professional guide you through the movements initially to ensure you're doing them correctly. Gradually, as your strength and technique improve, you can increase the weight.

What are common variations of the Lever Unilateral Row?

  • The Seated Lever Row is another variation where you perform the exercise while seated, targeting the middle back muscles.
  • The Lever Chest-Supported Row is a variation where your chest is supported by the bench, providing stability and focusing on the lats and rhomboids.
  • The Lever High Row is a unique variation where the lever is pulled from a higher angle, targeting the upper back and shoulder muscles.
  • The Reverse Grip Lever Row is a variation where the grip is reversed, targeting different muscle groups in the back and offering a unique challenge.

What are good complementing exercises for the Lever Unilateral Row?

  • The T-Bar Row is another exercise that complements the Lever Unilateral Row as it targets the middle back, lats, and biceps, but with a different angle and grip, thus introducing variety and challenging the muscles in a different way.
  • The Pull-Up is a bodyweight exercise that complements the Lever Unilateral Row by working the same muscle groups, particularly the lats and biceps, but also involves the core and increases overall upper body strength and stability.

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