Cable Standing Twist Row (V-bar)

Cable Standing Twist Row (V-bar)

The Cable Standing Twist Row (V-bar) is a compound exercise that targets multiple muscles in your upper body, including your back, shoulders, and arms. This exercise is performed using a cable machine with a V-bar attachment. To start, stand facing the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent for stability. Grab the V-bar attachment with an overhand grip and extend your arms out in front of you. Keep your back straight and engage your core throughout the movement. As you initiate the exercise, pull the V-bar towards your torso by retracting your shoulder blades and squeezing your back muscles. Focus on using your back muscles rather than relying solely on your arms. As you pull the V-bar towards you, simultaneously twist your torso to the side. This twisting movement engages your obliques, adding an extra level of challenge to the exercise. Once you have reached the fully contracted position, hold for a brief pause and squeeze your back muscles. Slowly return the V-bar to the starting position while untwisting your torso. Remember to maintain control and avoid using momentum to swing the weight. The Cable Standing Twist Row (V-bar) is an effective exercise for building back strength and improving posture. It also helps to develop a strong and well-defined midsection by engaging the obliques. Incorporate this exercise into your upper body workouts to add variety and target multiple muscle groups simultaneously.


  • Start by attaching a V-bar handle to a high pulley on a cable machine.
  • Stand facing the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Grasp the V-bar handle with an overhand grip, making sure that your palms are facing each other.
  • Keep your torso upright and your core engaged throughout the exercise.
  • Begin the movement by pulling the V-bar handle towards your torso, bringing your elbows back.
  • As you pull, twist your torso to one side, rotating your shoulders and hips in the same direction.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the end of the movement, and hold for a brief pause.
  • Slowly release the tension and return to the starting position, allowing your torso to untwist as you extend your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides and perform the exercise in the opposite direction.
  • Remember to breathe properly and maintain control of the weight throughout the entire range of motion.
  • Consult with a fitness professional if you are unsure about proper technique or if you have any health concerns.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the movement to maintain stability and prevent excessive swaying.
  • Keep your chest up and shoulders down to maintain proper posture.
  • Focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together at the end of the rowing motion to engage the back muscles.
  • Control the movement and avoid using momentum by keeping a slow and controlled pace.
  • Opt for a weight that challenges you while allowing you to maintain proper form.
  • Breathe out as you pull the bar towards your abdomen and breathe in as you return to the starting position.
  • Vary your grip width to target different areas of the back muscles.
  • Make sure to warm up before attempting this exercise to prevent injury.
  • Include this exercise as part of a well-rounded back and upper body workout routine.
  • Consult with a fitness professional to ensure you are performing this exercise correctly and safely.


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