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Bent Over Row To Neck


#1

A friend of mine does bent over rows to the waist, then to the neck.

He does 10 reps per set, (5 to the waist 5 to the neck) i.e. one to the waist then to the neck then to the neck then to waist till all 10 reps are done. He does 5 sets, and says it's like doing 5 sets of 5 for the upper and mid part of the back.
Is this a good way of working the upper back as I've never seen anyone else use this technique?


#2

Somewhre in there is actually a little logic. It is true that pulling to your waist and pulling to your chest affect different muscles in the back. I would never pull to my neck as the strength isn't there, the base is not there and injury is to easy.
I am also not a proponent of inter-mixing reps like that. I would prefer to do 5 sets of 5 one way and then do the next way seperate. You probably will be stronger one way than the other, so you are underworking one set and possib;ly overworking the other.
I prefer this lift done to the chest keeping the elbows high. Ocassionally I will do underhand grip to the lower area.


#3

it's sounds neat but is actually dumb. the arms will get more work than the back because each rep alters back emphasis to a degree, but not arms. also, neck rows and waist rows shouldn't neccesarily be the same weight/strength.

it's a movement that somebody made up that is actually worse than using both the movements separately.


#4

rows to the neck are good for the "yoke"...


#5

I sometimes mix up the reps on the bent over row, but pulling to the neck is dumb.

I think he would be better off doing rows to the waist, rows to the chest, but then doing face pulls instead of doing rows to the neck. B using face pulls, he should be able to use more weight and place less stress on the lower back.