Trainer Recommendation: Bent Over Dumbbell Row
This month, Trainer Heeson wanted to focus on a great back strengthening move, the Bent Over Dumbbell Rowe. This move targets a variety of back muscles and is great if you’re looking for a way to mix up your workouts.
To get started, take a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing your torso), then bend your knees slightly and bring your torso forward by bending at the waist. Be sure to keep your back straight until it is almost parallel to the floor. Make sure that you keep your head up. The weights should hang directly in front of you as your arms hang perpendicular to the floor and your torso. This is your starting position.
Keep your torso stationary, and your back straight, as you lift the dumbbells to your side, keeping your elbows close to your body. On the top contracted position, squeeze the back muscles and hold for a second.
Inhale while slowly lowering the weight to the starting position.
Our trainers point out that the Bent Over Dumbbell Row is not recommend for anyone who experiences back problems. Use perfect form with this move, and never round your back. Use less weight when it doubt on our October move of the month. If you’re looking for alternative moves, check our blog, where we post a new trainer-recommended exercise each and every month, like the sled rope pull, the TRX knee to chest, and the single arm reserve lunge and press.