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)
- Teres major and minor
- Erector spinae
As well as arm and shoulder muscles such as the . . .
- Biceps brachii
- Biceps brachialis
- Posterior deltoids
And to a lesser extent, the bent-over row also trains the . . .
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.