Barbell Rack Pull

Barbell Rack Pull

The Barbell Rack Pull is a powerful exercise that targets and strengthens your back, glutes, and hamstrings. It is a variation of the deadlift, where the movement is limited to a partial range of motion, making it a great option for those who are unable to perform a full deadlift or want to specifically focus on their upper body strength. To perform the Barbell Rack Pull, you'll need a barbell and a squat rack or power rack. Start by adjusting the barbell to a height just below your knees. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and position yourself in front of the barbell, grasping it with an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width. Your knees should be slightly bent, and your back should be straight with your chest lifted. Once in position, brace your core and drive through your heels as you lift the barbell upward. Focus on pulling your shoulder blades back and squeezing your glutes at the top of the movement. Lower the barbell back down with control, keeping your back straight and your core engaged. The Barbell Rack Pull is an excellent exercise for developing strength and stability in your posterior chain muscles. It can also help improve your grip strength and enhance your overall deadlift performance. Remember to start with lighter weights and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and confident with the movement. Always prioritize proper form to avoid any risk of injury and maximize the benefits of this exercise.


  • Set up a barbell on a rack at approximately knee height.
  • Stand in front of the bar with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees and hinge at your hips to lower your torso until you can grip the bar with an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Keep your back straight, chest up, and engage your core.
  • Begin the exercise by driving your hips forward, extending your knees, and pulling the bar straight up in a vertical path.
  • As you pull the bar up, focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together and engaging your upper back muscles.
  • Continue the movement until your body is fully upright, and your hips and knees are extended.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the lift, then slowly lower the bar back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure proper form: Maintain a flat back and engage your core throughout the exercise.
  • Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the load to avoid injury.
  • Focus on the mind-muscle connection to effectively target your back muscles.
  • Don't rely solely on your arms to lift the weight; drive the movement from your hips and legs.
  • Use an overhand grip with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Gradually lower the barbell down to the rack, keeping tension in your back muscles.
  • Exhale during the lifting phase and inhale during the descent.
  • Incorporate variations like the snatch grip rack pull or deficit rack pull to challenge your muscles in different ways.
  • Allow for adequate rest and recovery time between training sessions to prevent overtraining.
  • Stay consistent with your training regimen and gradually increase the intensity to see progress.


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