The Intelligent & Relentless Pursuit of Muscle™
Beginners
 
Strict DB Row
1
 

nyh
Level

Join date: Apr 2010
Posts: 65



First time seeing a DB row done this way.. Obviously you can't go as heavy on these but anyone do them like this?

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Chris Colucci
Contributor

Join date: Jan 2005
Posts: 6713

nyh wrote:
First time seeing a DB row done this way.. Obviously you can't go as heavy on these but anyone do them like this?

Jedd knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff and there's nothing "wrong" with the form he's talking about, but I usually prefer to actively retract the shoulder blades for each rep rather than holding them static as he's demonstrating in this vid.

While the scapular retractors do respond well to some static holds (I usually pause with cable face pulls to better engage them), it's a more "natural" and, dare I say, a more functional movement to work the shoulders/upper back through their full ROM with each rep of a dumbbell row. It allows the rhomboids, traps, and other smaller muscles to stretch and contract in conjunction with the lats and biceps, rather than being disengaged from the movement.

Dean Somerset had a pretty solid article, Deconstructing the Dumbbell Row, that talked about other technique points:
http://www.T-Nation.com/...e.do?id=4781263

Mike Robertson has also written a bunch about effective rowing:
http://www.T-Nation.com/...g_for_your_back

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Andrewdwatters1
Level 1

Join date: Jul 2010
Posts: 458

Today I saw someone doing these... couldn't tell if he was trying to start an invisible lawnmower or work out.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

caveman101
Level 2

Join date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3469

bring the pain by stretching at the bottom, baby

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Consul
Level 1

Join date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1244

caveman101 wrote:
bring the pain by stretching at the bottom, baby


x2. I definitely feel DB rows in my lats more when I get a good stretch.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Field
Level

Join date: Oct 2011
Posts: 529

When doing most any kind of rows i prefer difficult weight moved with alot of body english, or some non-difficult weight moved in a spaztik fashion.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

crazyj23
Level 1

Join date: Jan 2010
Posts: 117

Field wrote:
When doing most any kind of rows i prefer difficult weight moved with alot of body english, or some non-difficult weight moved in a spaztik fashion.



See there you go again being a weirdo and posting nonsense in random threads. WTF?

OP, don't worry about row form being strict, just row.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

bigscarymonster
Level

Join date: Oct 2005
Posts: 253

I personally prefer the stretch at the bottom of each rep. What he says does make a bit of sense though, I guess. It would seem that stretched at the forward-most position would be the most natural though. I don't think I've ever seen anyone "pack the shoulders" before picking up or grabbing anything. I can definitely see it being good for time under tension, however.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
1