Is the Bent Over Barbell Row Good for the Back?

Is the Bent Over Barbell Row Good for the Back

I have a question from a Fix My Back Pain customer and I wanted to answer it for you because I think it will help you and other Fix My Back Pain customers.

Here is Rob’s question:

Fix My Back Pain” is a great product and has great info but I got one question for you. Is the Bent Over Barbell Row safe and effective exercise or are there better alternatives?”

It is a safe and effective exercise but when it comes to the Barbell Row it’s a matter of selecting the level that you can do.


Orsy is going to go through the first level which is just a slight bend when it comes to the Barbell Bent Over Row.  It’s a slight hip hinge. She has that underhand grip and then goes through the Barbell Row.

It’s easier on the shoulders because the elbows are close to the body. She’s got a slight hip hinge and since she’s not that far away from vertical it doesn’t put a ton of strain on the back.


And then I can have Orsy progress into a Deeper Barbell Row. She is almost at 90 degrees when it comes to knees, hips and shoulders. She is really activated through that abdominal area. The elbows are tight as she goes through that rolling movement.

It really depends on what you can end up doing and what your back likes.

If your back is in a sensitive kind of stage or phase, what you can end up doing is a Seated Row Machine or a Seated Pulley Machine where your spine is more vertical. You are still working your back muscles but there is less stress put on the back.

Then we can go to what Orsy had gone through where there is just a slight hip hinge when it comes to that Barbell Row and then she can end up going to the full distance when it comes to the Barbell Row if her back can end up handling it.

If she ends up going to that full Barbell Row and she’s got stress and strain on her back, she would end up backing up and going to that first one that she had gone through.

I hope that answers your question, Rob.

It is an effective exercise but you just need to select the right level that works for you right now.

This is Rick Kaseljfrom and

Take care and bye

Rick Kaselj, MS

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