Top Bodybuilder’s Favorite Types of Bent-Over Row (and How to Do Them with Proper Form)

If you want to learn how to get the most out of the bent-over row (aka the barbell row), you want to read this article.


  1. The bent-over row is one of the single best exercises for building a wide, thick, defined back and strong, defined arms.
  2. The conventional bent-over barbell row is the most popular kind of bent-over row, but the dumbbell bent-over row, Yates row, and standing T-bar bent-over are worthy alternatives.
  3. I personally like to slot the barbell row in as the second exercise in my pull workouts (after deadlifting) and often follow it up with other less demanding exercises.

Out of all the exercises you can do for your back, my top two are:

  1. Deadlift
  2. Bent-over row

In fact, I’d go as far as saying that those two exercises alone can virtually get you to the finish line of a wide, thick, and defined back.

There are a few other exercises that have become staples in my “pull” workouts (pullups, lat pulldowns, and cable rows, mostly), but without a lot of deadlifting and bent-over rowing over the years, I don’t think I would’ve been able to develop this back:

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