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    My university gym can get really crowded sometimes, so I'm afraid setting up the lever row would be inconvenient. Any good alternatives for this?

    I'm thinking 1-arm DB rows and bent-over 1-arm landmine rows (not supported on a bench) for single-arm alternatives. Maybe Pendlay rows or DB Helms rows (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axoeDmW0oAY) for double-arm alternatives.

    Any other good ones that I can consider?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Does the gym have a t-bar row set up or a cable row?

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    • #3
      There’s a chest supported T-bar row machine and a cable row machine, yes. There’s also a landmine attachment, too.

      Oh, and while I still remember (sorry for the added question), for the classic press grip, do you grip the bar towards the fingers or towards the palm/forearms (like a normal press grip)?

      I remember one of Jordan’s IG post that he grips the bar “as low as possible” in his hand when doing the classic press, although he also uses wrist wraps for support. Just to clarify, “low” means towards the fingers right?
      Last edited by Abel J; 03-04-2019, 11:54 PM.

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      • #4
        A Meadows Row with the barbell is a good alternative to a Lever Row, not requiring a bench to lean on. I found them faster to set up and perform for myoreps. Using straps is advisable so that your grip isn't a limiting factor.

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        • teddyd
          teddyd commented
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          Thumbs up for Meadows Rows.

      • #5
        Originally posted by Abel J View Post
        Oh, and while I still remember (sorry for the added question), for the classic press grip, do you grip the bar towards the fingers or towards the palm/forearms (like a normal press grip)?

        I remember one of Jordan’s IG post that he grips the bar “as low as possible” in his hand when doing the classic press, although he also uses wrist wraps for support. Just to clarify, “low” means towards the fingers right?
        Yes, low means towards the finger and high means closer to the wrist. In his bulldog grip video (https://youtu.be/u5jarGiErp4?t=56) you get an indication of where he would hold the bar, given he allows his wrist to bend a bit so the bar can touch his chest. I've done something similar when transitioning to the classic press - I don't think I hold it as "low as possible" though.
        Last edited by Squib; 03-05-2019, 12:59 PM.

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        • #6
          One arm dumbbell rows are fine . Usually lever rows are suggested because not everyone has access to djmvells
          but if your squatting and deadlift then you must have a barbell

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          • #7
            I remember seeing a video of Mike T say that he recommends lever rows only as an alternative if the trainee doesn't have heavy enough dumbbells. Mike T and BBM agree on most things, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the case as well.

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            • #8
              A Meadows Row with the barbell is a good alternative to a Lever Row, not requiring a bench to lean on. I found them faster to set up and perform for myoreps. Using straps is advisable so that your grip isn't a limiting factor.
              I remember seeing a video of Mike T say that he recommends lever rows only as an alternative if the trainee doesn't have heavy enough dumbbells. Mike T and BBM agree on most things, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the case as well.
              Thanks guys, much appreciated! I think I'll settle with Meadows Rows since the dumbbells in my gym go up by 5 lbs, so it's kinda hard to progress the weight. I can take 2.5 lbs jumps if I use Meadows Rows, however.

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              • #9
                Hey guys, I know this post is old, but I made a HOW TO- video on the lever row. Here´s the link if you want to see how I do it:
                 

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