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Cable Bent-Over Reverse Grip Row

Cable Bent-Over Reverse Grip Row

The Cable Bent-Over Reverse Grip Row is an excellent exercise that targets multiple muscles in the upper back, including the rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, and rear deltoids. This exercise is performed using a cable machine, which provides constant tension throughout the movement, enhancing both strength and muscle development. It starts with standing in front of a cable machine, with the pulley adjusted to a low position. Grasp the cable attachment with an underhand grip, palms facing upwards. Take a step back, maintaining a slight bend in the knees and a neutral spine. As you initiate the movement, focus on retracting your shoulder blades while pulling the cable towards your lower abdomen. Keep your elbows close to your body throughout the entire range of motion and squeeze your back muscles at the top of the movement. The Cable Bent-Over Reverse Grip Row offers numerous benefits. Firstly, it strengthens the upper back, helping to improve posture and reduce the risk of posture-related injuries. Additionally, it engages the bicep muscles as synergists, providing an effective way to work on both back and arm strength. By using the cable machine, you can ensure a consistent resistance throughout the exercise, leading to better muscle activation and development. To maximize the effectiveness of this exercise, it is recommended to incorporate it into a well-rounded upper body workout routine. Aim to perform 3-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions, using a weight that challenges you while maintaining proper form. Remember to warm up dynamically before starting and cool down with some static stretches afterward to prevent any potential muscle soreness. Incorporating the Cable Bent-Over Reverse Grip Row into your routine will help you build a strong and sculpted back, improve your posture, and enhance your overall upper body strength. As with any exercise, it is essential to maintain proper form throughout to ensure safety and achieve optimal results.


  • Start by adjusting the cable machine attachment to a low position, using a reverse grip handle.
  • Stand facing the machine with your feet shoulder-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and maintain a straight back.
  • Grab the handle with an underhand grip, palms facing up, and fully extend your arms in front of you.
  • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows and pull the handle towards your upper abs while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Keep your core engaged and exhale as you pull the handle towards you. Maintain control throughout the movement.
  • Pause briefly at the fully contracted position, feeling the contraction in your upper back.
  • Slowly extend your arms back to the starting position, inhaling as you do so.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, maintaining good form throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise to target the back muscles effectively.
  • Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button towards your spine during the exercise.
  • Use a weight that challenges you, but still allows you to perform the exercise with good technique.
  • Initiate the movement from your back muscles rather than relying on arm strength.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the end of each repetition to maximize back muscle activation.
  • Keep a slight bend in your knees to help stabilize your body and prevent excessive strain on the lower back.
  • Avoid using momentum to pull the weight; instead, focus on controlled and deliberate movements.
  • Breathe properly by exhaling during the pulling phase and inhaling during the eccentric or release phase of the exercise.
  • Ensure that your shoulders remain relaxed and not hunched up towards your ears during the exercise.
  • Allow for adequate rest and recovery between sets to prevent muscle fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.

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