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Cable Incline Bench Row

Cable Incline Bench Row

The Cable Incline Bench Row is an effective compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in your upper body. This exercise primarily focuses on your back muscles, including the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, and the rear deltoids. Additionally, it also engages your biceps, forearms, and core muscles. To perform the Cable Incline Bench Row, you will need an incline bench and a cable pulley machine. Start by adjusting the bench to a comfortable incline and attaching a straight bar or V-handle to the cable pulley at a height that allows you to fully extend your arms when seated. Sit on the bench with your chest against the backrest and grab the handle with an overhand grip. Maintain a slight bend in the knees and a neutral spine position throughout the exercise. Pull the handle towards your torso, leading with your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement. Make sure to keep your core engaged and avoid any excessive backward or forward movements in your upper body. The Cable Incline Bench Row is a versatile exercise that can be modified by adjusting the grip width, using different attachments, or even performing single-arm rows. Incorporating this exercise into your upper body routine will help improve your overall back strength, posture, and shoulder stability. As with any exercise, start with a weight that challenges you, but allows for proper form, and gradually increase the load as you progress.


  • Set up an incline bench in front of a cable machine with the cable attachment at the low position.
  • Sit on the incline bench and grab the handle with an overhand grip.
  • Start with your arms fully extended and your torso leaning slightly forward.
  • Pull the handle towards your torso, keeping your elbows close to your body, and squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  • Pause briefly and then slowly return to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to engage your core and maintain proper posture throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the movement to ensure maximum effectiveness and prevent injury.
  • Engage your core muscles by bracing your abs and squeezing your glutes during the exercise.
  • Vary your grip width and hand positions to target different muscles throughout your back.
  • Gradually increase the weight or resistance you use to continually challenge your muscles and promote strength gains.
  • Incorporate a controlled eccentric (lowering) phase of the movement to fully activate the back muscles.
  • Perform the exercise at a slow and controlled pace to maximize muscle recruitment and avoid relying on momentum.
  • Make sure to fully extend your arms at the bottom of the movement and squeeze your shoulder blades together for optimal muscle activation.
  • Balance your training program by including exercises that target both your upper and lower back muscles.
  • Consider incorporating other rowing exercises into your routine, such as dumbbell rows or seated cable rows, to provide variation and target different muscle groups.
  • Fuel your body with a balanced diet that includes sufficient protein to support muscle recovery and growth.

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