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Cable Palm Rotational Row

Cable Palm Rotational Row

The Cable Palm Rotational Row is an effective compound exercise that targets multiple muscles in your upper body. This exercise primarily emphasizes your back muscles, including your latissimus dorsi and rhomboids, while also engaging your biceps, forearms, and core muscles. To perform the Cable Palm Rotational Row, you'll need access to a cable machine with an adjustable pulley. Start by setting the cable pulley at waist height and attaching a handle or rope to the pulley. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and keep a neutral spine. Grasp the handle or rope with an overhand grip, palms facing down. Begin the movement by pulling the cable towards your body, leading with your elbow and squeezing your back muscles. As you reach the peak of the movement, rotate your torso away from the cable while keeping your hips stable. Feel the contraction in your back muscles before slowly returning to the starting position. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions. The Cable Palm Rotational Row offers several benefits. It helps to improve upper body strength and muscular endurance, particularly in the back and arms. This exercise also enhances core stability and promotes proper posture. Plus, by incorporating rotational movement, it mimics real-life functional activities, enhancing your overall athleticism. Remember to maintain good form throughout the exercise. Avoid using momentum to pull the cable and focus on using your back muscles to perform the movement. Gradually increase the resistance as you progress to continually challenge your muscles. Incorporating the Cable Palm Rotational Row into your workout routine can contribute to a balanced and well-rounded upper body development. Remember to always warm up before performing any exercise and consult with a fitness professional if you have any concerns or underlying health conditions. Get ready to strengthen and sculpt your back with this challenging and rewarding exercise!


  • Stand tall facing a cable machine with a D-handle attachment at the lowest level.
  • Grasp the D-handle with an overhand grip and position your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • With a slight bend in your knees, hinge forward at the hips while maintaining a neutral spine.
  • Allow your arms to fully extend in front of you, keeping them shoulder-width apart.
  • Engage your core and retract your scapulae (shoulder blades) to stabilize the upper body.
  • Initiate the movement by rowing the cable handle towards your torso while simultaneously rotating your palms from facing down to facing up.
  • Continue pulling until your elbows are fully flexed and your hands are near your ribcage.
  • Hold the contracted position for a brief pause and squeeze your back muscles.
  • Reverse the movement by extending your arms forward, rotating your palms back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring proper form and control throughout.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on engaging your core throughout the movement.
  • Start with lighter weights to perfect your form before increasing the resistance.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears to avoid unnecessary tension.
  • Exhale as you pull the cable towards your body, and inhale as you return to the starting position.
  • Maintain a slight bend in your knees and a neutral spine throughout the exercise.
  • Try different grip variations, such as overhand or underhand, to target different muscles.
  • Avoid using momentum to pull the cable, and instead concentrate on using your back and arm muscles.
  • Perform the exercise in a controlled manner to maximize muscle activation.
  • Increase the challenge by incorporating a pause at the top of the movement, squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Don't neglect to warm up before performing the Cable Palm Rotational Row.

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