Can't Row Properly Without Hitting Knees?

I’m about 6,2 with a wingspan to match. Whenever I row the right way, activating the right muscles, the bar hits my knees. I need to bend over in a very awkward way to be able to clear my knees. It feels like whenever I bend over just enough to feel it in the right spots (without arching my back), the bar hits my knees.

Basically what I mean is, my arms are so long that when I bend over and row, my elbows are very close to my knees. Any suggestions?

Grip the bar wider?

Add a video of yourself doing the lift to get better advice.

I’m not sure why this is happening, are your sure you are leaning forward enough? I’m 6’2" too and have a long wingspan for my height, but I’ve never had a problem.

Personally I have always found dumbbell rows far superior to barbell rows and your knee won’t get in the way on them, so I’d recommend substituting them in. Also Pendlay rows are a good option which may not bother you, but I don’t know.

Need a video because your doing doing something wrong. The taller you are the more room you have technically to perform the movement.

Agreed. Video. I’m 6’3" with a 78" wingspan and have no problem with these.

Or do DB rows. I think they’re better anyway.