Substitute for Barbell row?

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    Jul 04, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    I have been trying to do Barbell row correctly but it seems I can't get it correct. I am bit afraid of hurting my back, until now there hasn't been any problem. Is there any good substitute for barbell row?
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    Jul 04, 2013 5:25 PM GMT
    Use less weight.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 04, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Bharatiya saidI have been trying to do Barbell row correctly but it seems I can't get it correct. I am bit afraid of hurting my back, until now there hasn't been any problem. Is there any good substitute for barbell row?


    I used to do dumbbell rows, but never thought I was getting any results.
    For me, pull ups, (pulling my chest up toward the bar) on a stationary(ery?) overhead bar, works GREAT for back.
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    Jul 04, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Bharatiya saidI have been trying to do Barbell row correctly but it seems I can't get it correct. I am bit afraid of hurting my back, until now there hasn't been any problem. Is there any good substitute for barbell row?


    I used to do dumbbell rows, but never thought I was getting any results.
    For me, pull ups, (pulling my chest up toward the bar) on a stationary(ery?) overhead bar, works GREAT for back.


    Fully agree. I've begun to see the positives of doing pull ups at the gym. Start out on the machine one but when you get really good (like I slowly am) advance onto the proper bar.
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    Jul 04, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    I have to say that this problem in the forum posting so that now everything ends up in ALL THINGS GAY, makes sure that these fitness questions are actually seen on this FITNESS SITE.

    I think pull-ups are the best choice too but they may require too much strength depending on your stage.

    Lighten up on the barbell and have someone knowledgeable look at you to make sure you've got good form.
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    Jul 04, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    Take your back out of the equation. Chest-supported barbell row machine or dumbell row on incline bench:

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    Jul 05, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidTake your back out of the equation. Chest-supported barbell row machine or dumbell row on incline bench:


    I don't have those machines at my gym.
    I will stick with pull ups even though right now I am doing assisted pull up.
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    Jul 05, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    I would try doing a seated row but attaching one of the longer bars to it that way you're engaging a wider range of muscle groups and working them through full range of motion. Pull ups are great for those lat muscles but they do little for the rear deltoids and rhomboids. Combo the pull ups with seated row and maybe even a T bar machine if your gym has one. That is probably your best bet.
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    Jul 05, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    Olympiclifter1992 saidI would try doing a seated row but attaching one of the longer bars to it that way you're engaging a wider range of muscle groups and working them through full range of motion. Pull ups are great for those lat muscles but they do little for the rear deltoids and rhomboids. Combo the pull ups with seated row and maybe even a T bar machine if your gym has one. That is probably your best bet.

    I do the seated row on the machine. I was just trying to do Barbell row until one guy at the gym, supposedly a physiotherapist, questioned my position while doing the barbell row.icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 05, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
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    Jul 05, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    Dumbbell row
    Single arm row kneeling on a bench (I don't like this one)
    Cable row

    It is a good idea to use rows as well as pullups/lat pulldown because they work the muscles differently. Pullups with your palms facing are much easier than palms facing away (I forget which is pullups and which is chinups). To be honest, I use barbell rows. Also, deadlifts are very much worth doing and back day is a good enough day to do them.
  • pelotudo87

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    Jul 06, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    If you're having trouble getting into position for the Barbell Row, try Dumbbell Rows with one knee supported on a bench like others have said. That way, you don't have to worry about your low back.

    As a site note: Jim Stoppani, (whom i believe is the senior science editor for Muscle and Fitness Magazine), said that studies have shown that you can actually lift more weight with dumbbell rows than barbell rows (search it on youtube, you'll find the video...I can't remember exactly what he said, lol)

    Good luck!