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

bent over row

There are a few reasons I like bent-over rows so much:

  1. They’re easier to recover from than deadlifts, which means you can do more “hard sets” over time without running into symptoms of overtraining.
  2. They’re easy to progressively overload, which isn’t the case with exercises like pullups (weight belts are a pain to set up).
  3. They involve almost every major muscle group along the back of the body, including your legs as the weights get heavier.

There’s a kicker, though: you have to know how to do the bent-over row correctly or it becomes far less effective.

Furthermore, there are a few types of bent-over rows that you should know about and incorporate into your workout routines for the best possible results.

And that’s what this article is going to be all about. In it, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about the bent-over row to get the absolute most out of it in your training.

For example, you’re going to learn my three favorite types of bent-over rows, how to do each with flawless technique, and the answers to commonly asked questions like . . .

  • Should you always use strict form, only moving your arms?
  • Should you use a barbell, dumbbells, or a machine?
  • Should you hold the bar with your palms facing behind you in in front of you?
  • And more

I’m also going to provide you with a simple but effective bent-over row workout that you can start using right away.

Let’s get started!

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