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

What Muscles Does the Bent-Over Row Work?

Most people think the bent-over row only trains your back muscles.

While it’s primarily a back exercise (that’s what you want to consider it when planning your workouts), when performed properly it also trains your arms, shoulders, and even legs to a slight degree.

Specifically, the bent-over row helps develop your back muscles including the . . .

  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Trapezius (traps)
  • Rhomboids
  • Teres major and minor
  • Infraspinatus
  • Erector spinae

As well as arm and shoulder muscles such as the . . .

  • Biceps brachii
  • Biceps brachialis
  • Forearms
  • Posterior deltoids

And to a lesser extent, the bent-over row also trains the . . .

  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Quadriceps

As with most compound exercises, the stronger you get on the bent-over row, the more you’ll need to recruit other muscle groups to help stabilize your body throughout the movement, turning it into more and more of a full-body exercise.

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