Barbell Lever Rows

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.

Barbell 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 back workouts 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 with.

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.


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Equipment Needed

Barbell Loaded on one Side

Target Muscle(s)

Latissimus Dorsi

Rhomboids, Middle Traps

Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis





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