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Seated Wide-grip Row

Exercise Profile

Body PartBack
Primary MusclesInfraspinatus, Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Teres Minor, Trapezius Lower Fibers, Trapezius Middle Fibers
Secondary MusclesBrachialis, Brachioradialis, Deltoid Posterior
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Introduction to the Seated Wide-grip Row

The Seated Wide-grip Row is a strength-building exercise that targets the muscles in your back, particularly the lats, traps, and rhomboids, while also engaging your biceps and forearms. It's particularly beneficial for individuals seeking to improve their upper body strength, posture, and overall muscle definition. Incorporating this exercise into your routine can enhance your functional fitness, make everyday tasks easier, and contribute to a well-rounded physique.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Seated Wide-grip Row

  • Grab the wide-grip bar with both hands, palms facing down, and sit back until your arms are fully extended and your back is straight.
  • Pull the bar towards your midsection by bending your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together, ensuring your back remains straight and you're not leaning backwards.
  • Hold the position for a moment, feeling the contraction in your back muscles.
  • Slowly return the bar to the starting position, extending your arms fully and maintaining control, completing one repetition. Repeat this for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips for Performing Seated Wide-grip Row

  • Controlled Movement: When performing the exercise, ensure that your movements are slow and controlled. Avoid using momentum to pull the weight, as this can lead to improper form and potential injury. Instead, focus on using your back and arm muscles to pull the weight towards you.
  • Grip: Hold the bar with a wide grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width. Ensure your palms are facing down. A common mistake is to grip the bar too narrowly, which can strain your wrists and decrease the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Range of Motion: Pull the bar towards your abdomen while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Avoid the common mistake of only partially pulling the bar, which can

Seated Wide-grip Row FAQs

Can beginners do the Seated Wide-grip Row?

Yes, beginners can certainly do the Seated Wide-grip 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 demonstrate the exercise first to ensure correct technique. As with any exercise, gradually increasing weight over time as strength and technique improve is the best approach.

What are common variations of the Seated Wide-grip Row?

  • Seated Close-grip Row: This variation involves bringing the hands closer together, which puts more emphasis on the middle back muscles.
  • Seated Wide-grip Row with Resistance Bands: This variation uses resistance bands instead of a cable machine, allowing for a greater range of motion and increased muscle activation.
  • Single-Arm Seated Wide-grip Row: This variation involves performing the exercise with one arm at a time, which can help to correct muscle imbalances.
  • Seated Wide-grip Row with Pause: This variation involves pausing at the peak of the contraction, which increases time under tension and can lead to greater muscle growth.

What are good complementing exercises for the Seated Wide-grip Row?

  • The Barbell Deadlift is another complementary exercise, as it not only strengthens the back muscles but also engages the entire posterior chain (including glutes and hamstrings), which assists in maintaining proper posture during the Seated Wide-grip Row.
  • The Bent-over Barbell Row is a beneficial addition to your workout routine because it also targets the back muscles like the Seated Wide-grip Row, but it adds an element of core stability and lower back strength, which are crucial for overall body strength and balance.

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