Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip

Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip

The Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip is a powerful exercise specifically designed to target the muscles of the upper and middle back. Utilizing a Smith Machine provides a stable and controlled lifting environment, allowing for precise targeting of the desired muscle groups. This exercise primarily engages the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, teres major, and the lower traps while also activating the biceps due to the reverse grip. Perfect for those looking to enhance their back development, the reverse grip shifts the emphasis to the lower portion of the lats, providing a unique stimulation compared to traditional rowing techniques. With the Smith Machine ensuring a fixed bar path, the Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip offers a safer alternative for maintaining proper form throughout the movement. The narrow grip, combined with the reverse hand positioning, facilitates a powerful contraction of the back muscles at the peak of the movement, promoting optimal muscle growth and definition. This makes it an excellent choice to include in a comprehensive back training regimen, addressing muscle imbalances and enhancing overall back aesthetics. For workout variety and progression, the Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip can be incorporated in different training phases, from hypertrophy-specific routines to strength cycles. By prioritizing proper technique and progressively increasing the load, this exercise contributes significantly to building a stronger, more muscular back while minimizing the risk of injury. Whether used as a primary back movement or as a complementary exercise within a broader routine, the Smith Narrow Row Reverse Grip deserves a spot in any serious back workout program.


  • Stand in front of a Smith Machine and set the bar at mid-thigh height.
  • Grasp the bar with a reverse grip (palms facing up) and hands placed shoulder-width apart.
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly.
  • Bend at your hips and keep your back straight, allowing your torso to lean forward slightly.
  • Pull the barbell toward your lower abdomen, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  • Slowly lower the bar back to the starting position, keeping the control of the bar throughout the movement.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on using a slow and controlled motion to maximize muscle engagement and avoid momentum.
  • Keep your elbows close to your body to target your back muscles effectively.
  • Maintain a neutral spine position to protect your lower back during the exercise.
  • Grip the bar with an underhand grip to better activate the biceps and lower lats.
  • Ensure that your shoulders are pulled back and down to maintain proper posture and prevent strain.
  • Use a moderate weight that allows you to complete the desired number of repetitions with good form.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement to provide stability and balance.
  • Take a brief pause at the top of the motion to squeeze your back muscles for added contraction.
  • Perform the exercise with a full range of motion, bringing the bar close to your lower chest or upper abdomen.
  • Breath steadily, exhaling as you pull the bar up and inhaling as you lower it back down.


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