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Lever Lying Banded T-bar Row

Lever Lying Banded T-bar Row

The Lever Lying Banded T-bar Row is an advanced exercise that targets the muscles in your upper back, specifically the latissimus dorsi (lats), rhomboids, and trapezius. This exercise is typically performed using a lever lying row machine, which consists of a padded platform with a lever and a handlebar attached to a weight stack. The addition of resistance bands adds an extra challenge by increasing the tension throughout the movement. This exercise involves lying face down on the platform, with your chest pressed against the pad and your legs extended behind you. Grab the handlebar with an overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Start the movement by retracting your shoulder blades, pulling the handlebar towards your chest, and squeezing your back muscles at the top. Slowly control the weight as you return to the starting position. The resistance bands can be looped around the handlebar and anchored to the machine to provide additional resistance, intensifying the exercise and engaging your muscles more effectively. The Lever Lying Banded T-bar Row is an excellent exercise for building upper back strength, improving posture, and enhancing overall upper body development. It targets the often-neglected muscles of the back, promoting muscular balance and helping prevent injuries caused by muscle imbalances. Including this exercise in your workout routine can also enhance your pulling strength and improve your performance in other compound movements such as deadlifts and pull-ups. Remember to execute the movement with proper form, focusing on engaging the targeted muscle groups, and gradually increasing the weight or resistance bands for progressive overload.


  • Position yourself facedown on the lever lying banded T-bar row machine.
  • Adjust the foot support so that your feet are firmly planted on the platform.
  • Grasp the handles with an overhand grip, shoulder-width apart.
  • Begin with your arms fully extended and your torso at a 30-degree angle to the ground.
  • Engage your core and squeeze your shoulder blades together to initiate the rowing motion.
  • Pull the handles towards your lower chest, keeping your elbows close to your body.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, squeezing your back muscles.
  • Slowly extend your arms back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form and control throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and proper form.
  • Focus on pulling your shoulder blades together as you row, rather than using your arms to lift the weights.
  • Use a controlled and slow tempo during both the concentric (lifting) and eccentric (lowering) phases of the exercise.
  • Make sure to choose a resistance band or weight that challenges you, but still allows you to maintain proper form.
  • Perform the exercise in front of a mirror, if possible, to monitor your form and ensure proper technique.
  • Breathe out as you pull the weight towards your chest and breathe in as you lower the weight.
  • If using a resistance band, adjust the band's tension by either stepping closer or further away from the anchor point.
  • To increase intensity, pause for a second or two at the top of the movement to engage your back muscles even more.
  • Avoid excessive movement in your legs and hips by keeping them firmly planted on the ground or footrest.
  • For variation, try using different grip positions (overhand, underhand, wide grip) to target various muscles in your back.

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