Standing Lever Row

Standing Lever Row

The Standing Lever Row is an effective back exercise that targets the latissimus dorsi, trapezius, rhomboids, and biceps, providing a comprehensive workout for the upper body. Utilizing a leverage machine, this compound movement ensures controlled, pectoral-focused motion while minimizing lower back strain. Perfect for those looking to build a balanced and strong back, the Standing Lever Row also enhances grip strength and overall upper-body stability. Incorporating the Standing Lever Row into your fitness routine can significantly improve posture and functional strength due to its emphasis on scapular retraction and shoulder blade movement. The leverage machine facilitates a natural rowing motion, promoting muscle engagement without compromising form. As a result, users can achieve symmetrical muscle development and greater muscle isolation compared to free-weight alternatives. Ideal for both beginners and advanced lifters, the Standing Lever Row allows for adjustable resistance tailored to individual strength levels. Its versatility means it can be easily integrated into various workout programs, from strength training splits to full-body routines. By consistently including this exercise in your regimen, you will foster a well-rounded, resilient back that supports all your fitness endeavors.


  • Stand beside a leverage machine, facing the lever arm with feet hip-width apart.
  • Grasp the handle of the lever arm with one hand, keeping a firm grip.
  • Bend your knees slightly and hinge forward at the hips while keeping your back straight.
  • Ensure your core is engaged and your shoulders are pulled back to maintain good posture.
  • Pull the lever arm towards your body, keeping your elbow close to your torso.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blade back and together at the end of the movement.
  • Slowly return the lever arm to the starting position, maintaining control throughout the motion.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, then switch to the other side.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the movement to maintain stability and avoid lower back strain.
  • Keep your shoulder blades retracted to ensure your back muscles are activated properly.
  • Use a slow and controlled motion both during lifting and lowering to maximize muscle engagement.
  • Adjust the machine appropriately to fit your body size and ensure proper range of motion.
  • Avoid using momentum to lift the weight; focus on muscle contraction to move the lever.
  • Ensure to breathe out while lifting the lever and breathe in while lowering it to maintain optimal oxygen flow.
  • Incorporate variations like single-arm lever rows to address imbalances and strengthen each side individually.
  • Warm up your upper body, particularly your back and shoulders, to prevent injuries and improve performance.
  • Gradually increase the weight as you progress to continue challenging your muscles and promoting growth.


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