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Bent Over Rows or T Bar Rows ?

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  • Bent Over Rows or T Bar Rows ?

    Because of Dorian Yates the reverse grip higher body angle bent over row took off. After all who didn't want a back like Dorian 's . I myself made these a staple of my workouts for years , occasionly varying with dumbbell rows.
    Recently I've noticed an increase in popularity of T Bar Rows . I myself have incorporated T Bars more and more into my work outs. Although I feel both have their place , I find a better squeeze and contraction from T Bars

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    BOTH, this is like comparing SUMO to Conv. Deads, they are the same but different. I prefer to use the T-bar one week then a BO row the next

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    • #3
      Prefer T bars, but switch it up if my hams or lower back are feeling a little tender.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jerzey View Post
        BOTH, this is like comparing SUMO to Conv. Deads, they are the same but different. I prefer to use the T-bar one week then a BO row the next

        That's an interesting comparison. I definitely feel T Bars most in my inner lats

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        • #5
          Have you tried the bent over rows on a smith machine?
          I find I can concentrate on the squeeze/pump better than barbell.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Aliwen View Post
            Have you tried the bent over rows on a smith machine?
            I find I can concentrate on the squeeze/pump better than barbell.

            Yes and I'm a fan. The squeeze is incredible

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            • #7
              t-bars.
              That was the first back rowing exercise I ever did in a gym.
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              • #8
                Bent overs all day long for me , they suit my biomechanics perfectly .

                i have stopped using an underhand grip in most heavy rowing , deadlift and pull down excercises mind you . The majority of biceps tears seem to happen with these grips

                as for smith machine ones , we have a smiths machine that goes forwards and backwards as well as up and down and rowing / presses / lunges etc on this machine are fantastic
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WTDoom View Post
                  Bent overs all day long for me , they suit my biomechanics perfectly .

                  i have stopped using an underhand grip in most heavy rowing , deadlift and pull down excercises mind you . The majority of biceps tears seem to happen with these grips

                  as for smith machine ones , we have a smiths machine that goes forwards and backwards as well as up and down and rowing / presses / lunges etc on this machine are fantastic
                  The underhand grip is hell on the bicep tendon. I rarely do underhand rows anymore

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thegoon View Post
                    The underhand grip is hell on the bicep tendon. I rarely do underhand rows anymore
                    I will warm up with under hand grip for 2-3 sets then switch to over hand, no issues

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jerzey View Post
                      I will warm up with under hand grip for 2-3 sets then switch to over hand, no issues

                      That's good , I start feeling a strain if I go heavy with the under hand grip. I do like the underhand squeeze better

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                      • #12
                        i do both, due to each workout hit the back in many dif ways.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SISTEROFJESUS View Post
                          i do both, due to each workout hit the back in many dif ways.
                          Always a good idea it's a large muscle group

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                          • #14
                            Goon, have you tried rows with a hex bar? I love them I feel they suit me better. You get a good compression with no unwanted strain on the lower back and you can bush your arms back further without the barbell hitting your navel area. Neural grip is a good benefit also.

                            i like to use the high grip and stand on a box - for some reason it just feels better.

                            i love all big back exercises like t bars, barbell rows etc but hex rows are really good to throw in there.

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                            • #15
                              Both, I go a little wide grip on my barbell row an narrow grip on T-bar.

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