Build That Back with the Dumbbell Row

The DB row is one of those exercises that many assume is easy, simply because everyone does it.

But if you walk into most commercial gyms, it’s really evident that most people DO NOT know how to do this exercise correctly!

If you want a quick tutorial on how to get the most out of this exercise, take 2-3 minutes out of your day to watch this video NOW!

Once you’ve watched the video, here are a few quick notes to maximize performance and technique:

  • REACH! One thing I really like to cue when doing a row is to focus on the supporting arm. Don’t just hang on it – instead, think about reaching long. This will engage both serratus on that side, as well as the core as a whole.
  • Row! Too often, when people row they focus solely on either the motion at the scapula or the elbow. Instead, a clean row is a blend of scapular retraction and elbow flexion. Work to blend and smooth the two to make it look athletic and fluid.
  • Use a full range of motion (ROM). Often when people row, they end up somewhere in the middle with regards to their ROM. Make it a goal to reach long and open up the upper back on every rep, and then squeeze the scap back at the top.

While many assume this is an easy exercise just because it’s familiar, I guarantee if you focus on these basic tips it’s going to make a massive impact on your performance.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

All the best,

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