About Seated Rows
The seated row exercise on the machine is an effective, yet, simple way to strengthen the muscles of the upper back. Since the movement path is pre-determined, the primary focus can be placed on feeling the contraction of the muscles rather than the complex motor movements involved with other back exercises. As with all other rowing exercises, it is important that the movement is initiated by retracting the shoulder blades prior to bending the arms. Doing so will prevent the biceps from alleviating the targeted back muscles from the workload.
How To Do Seated Rows
- Adjust the seat and chest pad to the appropriate settings and grasp the wide bars with an overhand grip.
- Exhale, initiate the movement by drawing the shoulder blades together. Then in a smooth motion, bend the arms and pull the handles back towards the body. The elbows should be in alignment with the shoulders.
- Inhale and at a controlled speed, lower back to starting position.
- Repeat until the desired number of repetitions are completed.
Employing all the same techniques only while using a narrow/neutral hand grip will draw more recruitment from the biceps. This method will also target the upper/center region of the back.
Performing the movement using an underhand grip is the easiest version of the three due to the fact that bicep recruitment is maximized when using this technique.
Here’s a breakdown of the various grips you can use..
Wide/Overhand Grip = Most Difficult
Narrow/Neutral Grip = Medium Difficulty
Narrow/Underground Grip = Easiest
Super setting and alternating between grips is an awesome technique. Start using the hardest grip (wide, overhand) and work your way down to the easiest grip (narrow, underhand).