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  • Replacement for Barbell Rows

    Hi Dr. Feigenbaum, hope you're having a nice day.

    I really don't like barbell rows. Are there any other options to replace those with?

  • #2
    Hello. I am not sure why you wouldn't like barbell rows. Is there a specific reason you do not want to perform them? What kind of programming are you running right now? Barbell rows are a great accessory movement.

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    • #3
      Any other kind of pulling movement can work. Body builder style strict rows, t-bar rows or seated rows can all work.

      They are programmed as a deadlift supplement/accessory generally. You could even do a light deadlift for higher reps if you wanted.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Johny View Post
        Hello. I am not sure why you wouldn't like barbell rows. Is there a specific reason you do not want to perform them? What kind of programming are you running right now? Barbell rows are a great accessory movement.
        The Bridge 1.0. I don't like the way they make my back feel, causing slight pain there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GoWolfpack View Post
          Any other kind of pulling movement can work. Body builder style strict rows, t-bar rows or seated rows can all work.

          They are programmed as a deadlift supplement/accessory generally. You could even do a light deadlift for higher reps if you wanted.
          How do seated rows help the deadlift? They don't make your legs, hips or low back any stronger.

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          • Leah Lutz
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            They make your upper back stronger, but you are correct-you lose something by removing the barbell row. That's why we have them in there, and they are VERY good for your back development. I'd lower the weight and use something that allows you to better control your back position throughout the whole movement. In general, I'd take the approach that you are in a time of important development and sticking with the plan is likely to prove quite helpful. And moderating your weight choices will pay off.

        • #6
          Originally posted by GorkemSahin View Post

          The Bridge 1.0. I don't like the way they make my back feel, causing slight pain there.
          You can lower the weight and see what happens. I would not worry about having a slight pain, which is probably because your back is already fatigued after pause squats. In any case, you can even do a cable row. A stronger upper back is a good thing, at least from aesthetic point of view.

          The Pendally row, may have carryover to deadlifts, but I am not sure about it. Even if they don't have, I wouldn't care. Is a heavy deadlift your only training goal?

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