Barbell Bent Over Row

Barbell Bent Over Row

The Barbell Bent Over Row is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the back, specifically the lats and rhomboids. It is a staple in most strength training routines and is highly effective for building a strong and defined upper body. To perform the Barbell Bent Over Row, you will need a barbell and a flat surface. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and slightly bending your knees. Hold the barbell with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight and hinge forward at the hips, maintaining a slight bend in your knees. As you begin the exercise, pull the barbell towards your lower chest while keeping your elbows close to your body and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Remember to engage your core and exhale during the pulling phase. Pause for a moment at the top of the movement and then slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position, maintaining control throughout. Adding the Barbell Bent Over Row to your workout routine can help improve posture, increase upper body strength, and develop a well-balanced physique. It is important to start with lighter weights and focus on proper form before gradually increasing the resistance. As always, listen to your body, stay hydrated, and fuel yourself with a balanced diet to support your fitness goals.


  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and your back straight.
  • Hold a barbell with an overhand grip at shoulder-width, arms extended and hands just outside your legs.
  • Lower your torso by bending at the hips, keeping your back straight and chest up. Your torso should be parallel to the floor.
  • Maintaining this position, pull the barbell up toward your lower chest, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Keep your elbows close to your body and your wrists straight.
  • Pause briefly at the top, then slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise to prevent injury and maximize results.
  • Engage your core muscles by keeping your abs tightened throughout the movement.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to complete each repetition with proper form and gradually increase the weight as you get stronger.
  • Maintain a slight bend in your knees and keep your back straight to avoid excessive strain on your lower back.
  • Ensure that you are pulling the barbell towards your lower chest, squeezing your shoulder blades together with each repetition.
  • Use a grip that is comfortable for you, such as an overhand or underhand grip, to target different muscles in your back.
  • Control the eccentric (lowering) portion of the exercise by resisting the weight as you lower it back down to the starting position.
  • Consider incorporating variations of the exercise, such as the single-arm dumbbell row or the T-bar row, to add variety to your back training routine.
  • Listen to your body and rest as needed between sets to prevent overexertion and allow for proper recovery.
  • Fuel your body with a balanced diet that includes adequate protein to support muscle growth and repair.


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