Barbell lever rows are an exercise which works the important muscles in the
upper back as well as the biceps and forearms. Lever rows can be done with a
standard barbell wedged up against a sturdy object or using a special apparatus
designed to turn a barbell into a weight bearing resistance lever.
rows can take the place of dumbbell or cable rows or can compliment other types rows
to work the lats and other upper back muscles from multiple angles. While they
may target the same muscle group which dummbell rows target, the different
feeling resistance can add variety to your
which can possibly help you avoid plateau and make continual progress.
You can also perform barbell lever rows on a weight bench. Regardless of whether
you are doing lever rows kneeling on a weight bench or from a standing position,
you will position yourself with the same leg back as the arm you are rowing
Safety Tips to Avoid Chance of Injury
Barbell or lever rows are not the most dangerous exercise but there is certainly
a risk for injury. The first thing to be aware of is you must use smaller plates
on the end of the barbell. The big 45lb. (20kg) plates are simply to big and
could hit you in the jaw or knock some teeth out if you're not careful.
The most common method of injury for barbell rows, is straining a muscle in your
lower back. To prevent straining your lower back in an attempt to row the
barbell through full range of motion make sure your back leg is slightly bent.
If your keep your back leg bent, the chances are you will extend your leg
towards the end of the range of motion rather than strain the
muscles of your lower back.