Barbell rows have been one of foundation exercises for weight lifters since
the inception of bodybuilding and strength training. Barbell rows are still one
of the most effective exercises you can do for your upper and lower back as well
as your arms. Since barbell rows involve bending forward at the waist, many
people opt for 'easier' exercises to avoid injury. The fact is, when performed
properly bent over barbell rows are a very safe exercise and probably the most
effective back exercise other than pull-ups.