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Bent-Over Barbell Row Forms

Regarding bent over barbell rows;

When torso is bent at parallel to the floor, vs. at a 45 degree angle to the floor, what is the difference in the muscles being worked?

For one youd have a hell load more strain on the low back, glutes and hams with torso parallel.

Maybe a touch more lat work as your are pulling more straight parallel as opposed to up a touch.

[quote]Phill wrote:
For one youd have a hell load more strain on the low back, glutes and hams with torso parallel.

Maybe a touch more lat work as your are pulling more straight parallel as opposed to up a touch.[/quote]

Yah, I can’t believe you’d want to work at true parallel. This is a load exercise for me. Somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees. I prefer the palms down grip with a pull to the belly button-lower sternum.

You can really isolate by staying ultra strict and pausing, but for my money, I say work the load here and isolate on another.

See thread:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1218337&pageNo=0#1218548

I’m with sasquatch on this one.

Depending on how heavy you go for this exercise your lower back will experience increased strain and may cause you to break form.

[quote]sasquatch wrote:
You can really isolate by staying ultra strict and pausing, but for my money, I say work the load here and isolate on another.[/quote]

I concur. I usually do a set or two of heavy, chest-supported T-bar rows to make sure I’ve targeted my mid-back after the heavy barbell stuff.