Exercise The Right Way - The Seated Row

Other articles in this series looked at a number of exercises, mainly from the perspective of developing a comprehensive muscle building program. Sometimes we take things for granted, especially when it comes to performing the basic exercises that constitute the core of most bodybuiders' training regimes.

It is useful, therefore, to describe in detail the processes involved in actually doing these exercises. This will help beginners to start out using the correct techniques before moving on to potentially more dangerous heavy weights. If it also helps more experienced lifters to redress some of the little faults that have almost imperceptibly crept in over the years, all the better.

In this article we'll take a close look at the seated row using a machine.

MUSCLES TARGETED: latissimus dorsi, teres major, middle trapezius, rhomboids


Grasp the handles with a closed, pronated grip.


Sit down on the seat facing the chest pad of the machine.
Place the feet on the foot supports.
Sit erect and press the torso against the chest pad.
Extend the elbows fully.
This is the starting position for all repetitions.


Pull the handles towards the chest.
Maintain an erect torso position and keep the elbows next to the ribs.
Pull the handles as far back as possible.
Keep all movement smooth.


Keep the elbows next to the ribs and allow the handles to move back to the starting position.
Keep the torso in the same position.
Repeat or finish set.

Richard Mitchell is the creator of the bodybuildingadvisor.com website that provides guidance and information to athletes at all levels of bodybuilding experience. Go to Bodybuilding Exercises to learn more about the issues covered in this article.



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